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Here’s how to vote in Election 2020

New York Teacher

It’s election season, and the UFT has all the information you need to make sure your voice is heard.

Registering to vote

Make sure you are registered to vote before Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

You can print, complete and sign in ink the New York State Voter Registration Form.

No digital signatures are accepted. Mail the completed form to your county Board of Elections. Make sure your application is postmarked by Oct. 9, 2020.

Absentee voting

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all registered voters in New York can use an absentee ballot to vote in the 2020 general election. Voters must complete and submit an application to receive an absentee ballot. You can do so online at nycabsentee.com. Absentee ballots will be mailed after Sept. 18 to voters who request them.

The state has set up an absentee ballot portal online.

To be counted, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, the day before Election Day, and must reach the local Board of Elections office no later than seven days after the election, or Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Early voting

In 2019, New Yorkers gained the ability to vote during a nine-day period before Election Day. Early voting starts this year on Oct. 24 and runs until Nov. 1. Voters are assigned an early polling site, with a location and hours that may be different from their Election Day polling site. Your early voting site can also be found online.

Election Day voting

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, and polling sites are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voters can cast a ballot after 9 p.m. if they are already in line. Find your polling site online.

See detailed information on how to vote this year.

The candidates endorsed by the UFT in this year’s elections are identified online, too.

If you live outside NYC

If you live outside the five boroughs of New York City, voting instructions for your county can be found through the clickable New York State Board of Elections county board of elections map.