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Last update: May 10, 2021
Who can vote
To register in New York you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election
- be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18)
- not be in prison
- not currently be judged incompetent by order of a court of competent judicial authority
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Vote on Election Day
What to bring
- If you've voted in New York before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
- If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your ID with your registration, you may need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
- If you're a first time voter and unable to provide ID: You will be able to vote an affidavit ballot.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
- Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Submit the request to your local election office.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Election Day registration
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Military and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.The Federal Voting Assistance Program
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