Voting in the 2020 election
Registering to vote
Make sure you are registered to vote by Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
If you have New York State driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)-issued identification card, you can register to vote on the DMV Online Voter Registration Website.
Or you can print, complete, and sign in ink the New York State Voter Registration Form (Spanish version). No digital signatures are accepted. Then, mail the form to your county board of elections or submit it at any DMV. Make sure your mailed application is postmarked by Oct. 9, 2020.
You can request a New York State Voter Registration form by mail by entering your name directly into the BOE’s mailing list database. After receiving your application, it must be returned and postmarked by Oct. 9, 2020.
You can call the 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application. After receiving your application, it must be returned and postmarked by Oct. 9, 2020.
Voting by absentee ballot
To make sure New Yorkers stay safe during the upcoming November 3 general election while encouraging participation, changes were made to our state’s voting process. To check the spread of the coronavirus, all registered voters may apply for an absentee ballot to vote in the general election. You can also still vote in person.
If you're registered to vote in NYC
On the application, you should check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you want an absentee ballot. The definition was expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or facing the potential of contracting the virus.
Ballots will be mailed out starting the third week of September on a first come first serve basis. Request your ballot now to be first in line! A postage-paid return envelope will be included to return your ballot.
If you're registered to vote in New York State
Alternatively, you can also call your county’s Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot.
No matter where you're registered, everyone
On the application, check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you want an absentee ballot. The definition was expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or facing the potential of contracting the virus.
You must request a ballot no later than Oct. 27. The ballot itself must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by the Board of Elections by Nov. 10.
The early voting period for the Nov. 3 general election runs from Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, to Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
Make sure you are at the correct polling site and Election District (ED) for your address.
In NYC, search for your poll site or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or e-mail your complete home address to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will e-mail your polling place location back to you. Please write the name of your borough in the subject line.
Election Day voting
Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 for the general election.
COVID-19 guidance for county boards and voters from the state Board of Elections
The state Board of Elections advises voters that they must wear face coverings and social distance at poll sites. In addition, they are encouraging voters to use voting methods that minimize direct contact with other people and reduce crowd size at polling stations by instead considering: voting by absentee ballot or participating in early voting, where voter crowds may be smaller throughout the day. If you need to vote in person on Nov. 3, consider going at off-peak times like mid-morning and mid-afternoon.