Voter Guide

There are 3 ways to vote

  • By Absentee Ballot – see how to get your ballot below
  • On Early Voting Days Saturday, October 24th. 2020 – Sunday, November 1st, 2020 (times differ by day) Find your poll site at https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search
  • On Election Day Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To vote, you must be registered. Check here to see if you’re registered.

Deadlines

to register to vote:

  • By Mail – postmarked October 9th, 2020 and received by October 14th, 2020
  • In Person – by October 9th, 2020 at your local Board of Elections office, find it at https://vote.nyc

to change your address:

  • By Mail – received by October 14th, 2020
  • In Person – October 14th, 2020 at your local Board of Elections office, find it at https://vote.nyc

If you moved but didn’t change your address with the NY Board of Elections, you can still vote by going to the polling location for your new address and casting an affidavit ballot.

Voting Absentee

How do I Apply

The deadline to apply online, email or fax is October 27th, 2020.
The deadline to apply in person by November 2nd, 2020.
Check the box for “temporary illness”, which has been expanded to cover COVID-19 concerns.

Solicitud de balota para voto en ausencia del estado de Nueva York

紐約州缺席選票申請表 請清楚填寫,詳見說明。

New York Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot Application

When will I receive my ballot and what is the return deadline?

Some ballots will be mailed beginning on September 18th, 2020. Most will be mailed in October.

Last Day to return a Ballot:

  • By mail – must be postmarked by November 3rd, 2020, but if you don’t mail it by October 24th, please use an in person drop box (see In Person)
  • In person – drop off at Board of Elections or in the ballot box at the Information Desk at any Early Voting Poll Site on Early Voting Days Saturday, October 24th. 2020 – Sunday, November 1st, 2020 or at any Poll Site on Election Day Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Any person may return a sealed absentee ballot- it doesn’t have to be the voter.

I applied, but I don’t have my ballot yet. What do I do?

Track your Absentee Ballot here:   https://nycabsentee.com/tracking 

You’ll get a confirmation code to use on the tracking screen, but you can also use your address.

Continue to watch your mailbox! The NYC Board of Elections will mail ballots on a rolling basis.

I have my Absentee Ballot, what next?

  1. Look at what’s in the envelope from the Board of Elections. There are three items in the envelope – your absentee ballot, a smaller envelope (with your name and address on it) in which to place your ballot, and a larger prepaid postage return envelope.
  2. Mark your ballot choices with a Blue or Black pen. Do not use a pencil. Do not make any stray marks on the ballot.
  3. Insert the completed ballot into the smaller envelope and seal it.
  4. Sign on the VOTER line and date the back of the smaller envelope.
  5. Place the smaller envelope in the larger return envelope. Seal the larger envelope, which will be self-sealing.  Do not use tape or glue to seal the envelopes. The larger envelope already has the BOE mailing address and necessary prepaid postage.
  6. Return your Absentee Ballot to the Board of Elections:
    • By mail – must be postmarked by November 3rd, 2020
    • In person – drop off at Board of Elections or in the ballot box at the Information Desk at any Early Voting Poll Site or Poll Site

Know Your Rights as a Voter

Q: What happens if I never received my absentee Ballot?
A: Vote in Person!

Q: What happens if I received the wrong ballot – the secrecy envelope has someone else’s name and address?
A: New Ballots are supposed to be mailed out to voters. You can also contact the Board of Elections:

  • DM @boenyc on Twitter
  • Email Apply4Absentee@boe.nyc
  • Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC

Q: What happens if I want to vote in person instead of using the absentee ballot I received?
A: If you vote in person, you must vote at your assigned poll site. Find yours at https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search

  • Note that open hours are listed for each day of Early Voting. When you pick a date make sure you know when the site is open. 
  • Voting on Election Day – Poll Sites are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You have the right to vote in person unchallenged if you are registered on the roll at your assigned polling place:

  • Even if you requested an absentee ballot
  • Even if you received an absentee ballot
  • Even if you mailed in an absentee ballot and later change your mind and want to vote in person

No poll worker should challenge your right to vote in person or ask you to complete an affidavit ballot if you had previously applied for an absentee ballot.

Q: What if I am challenged at the polls or blocked from voting?
A: Call the New York Democratic Lawyers Council Statewide Voter Helpline: (855) 895-2667