Early Voting: Oct 24, 2020 – Nov 1, 2020
Voter Registration Deadlines
Postmarked by Fri. Oct 9, 2020
Post received by Wed. Oct 14, 2020
In-Person Request by Fri. Oct 9, 2020
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: In-Person Request by Mon Nov 2, 2020
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot: In-Person, Received by Wed Nov 4, 2020
See the election dates and deadlines for your state.
Not sure if you are registered? Take a few minutes and verify your registration status.
Find all the information you need to vote in your state.
Absentee voting in New York state
During COVID-19, all New York State voters are eligible to use the “temporary illness” excuse due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
To request an absentee ballot in New York, submit a request online through the state portal. You can also submit a request to your local county board of elections by email, by fax, or in person, or mail a paper application or letter to your county board of elections. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted by mail.
Absentee voting in other U.S. states
Learn more about absentee voting in your state or request an absentee ballot.
COVID-19 Voting information
Get COVID-19 information from your state government here.
New York offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before the election. Learn more about voting early in your state.
ID is not required to vote in New York, with the exception of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements for first-time voters. Learn about voter ID laws in your state.
Your voting process should run smoothly but in the event that it does not, make sure you’re aware of your rights. ACLU has a guide with what to do according to several possible problematic scenarios, including voter intimidation, lack of accessibility, or if your English is not fluent.
Because of COVID-19, New York is experiencing a critical shortage of poll workers. Historically, 55% of all New York’s poll workers are over the age of 60, making them especially vulnerable to the pandemic. This has resulted in a significant need for poll workers who are willing and able to assist with the administration of in-person voting during the November 3rd general election. Help New York vote by becoming a poll worker.
Gov. Cuomo is letting jobless New Yorkers become poll workers for the upcoming election without losing their unemployment benefits. Learn more.
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