Voter Registration Information
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QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A VOTER IN NEW YORK CITY
To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
Regarding identification for first time voters:
Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election (postmarked on or before October 11, 2013 for the General Election).
Registering in Person
Register in person at any of the Board of Elections offices throughout the five Boroughs or pick up a voter registration form at any agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act. Forms are also available from town and city halls, post offices, political parties, various state offices, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. Fill out your form and send it to:
You can register in person on any business day during the year, but for it to be effective for that year's election, be sure that your form is delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election (postmarked on or before October 11, 2013 for the General Election).
Register by Mail
Forms are also available from your borough Board of Elections, town and city hall, post office, political parties, various state offices, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. You can also pick up a voter registration form at any agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act. Send your completed form to (postage included on form):
VOTING IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION
To vote in the Primary Election you must not only be registered to vote, but you must also be enrolled in an official political party recognized by the New York State Board of Elections political party. The Independence party, permits non-enrolled voters to participate in certain primary elections. In New York a political party is official as long as it has received 50,000 votes for Governor on its line. The official New York State political parties are the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence, and Green.
You can vote for any candidates on the ballot in the General Election, no matter which party you are enrolled in.
Change of Party Enrollment
Registered voters may change their party enrollment by sending the Board of Elections a new registration form indicating the change. The application must be received not later than the 25th day before a Primary Election. A change of enrollment will go into affect one week AFTER the next November general election. Please Note: The deadline enabling you to vote in the 2013 Primary Election was on October 12, 2012.
ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION
Registered voters who cannot make it to their poll site on Election Day because they will be outside the City of New York on Election Day or are in prison (not convicted of a felony), ill, disabled or in a hospital or long-term care facility may vote by absentee ballot.
VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION
Obtaining an Absentee Ballot APPLICATION*
In order to vote with an Absentee Ballot you must first get an Absentee Ballot APPLICATION.
You can click here to print a blank Absentee Ballot APPLICATION form. Or you can go directly to the website of the New York City Board of Elections where you can also print out a Spanish, Chinese, Bengali and Korean Absentee Ballot APPLICATION Form.
The last day to personally deliver an absentee ballot APPLICATION to your borough Board of Elections is November 4th, 2013. You will be sent an absentee ballot form to complete.
Voting by Absentee Ballot (by mail)
Mark your votes on the absentee ballot form you receive from the Board of Elections by filling in the boxes near your choices, fold the ballot and put it in the enclosed smaller envelope. Sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in the larger envelope addressed to the Board of Elections (the addresses are at the bottom of this page).
The Absentee Ballot must be postmarked no later than November 4th, 2013. An Absentee Ballot may be delivered to the borough office for a voter who, because of illness, travel, etc. is unable to vote at the polls, by 9pm, November 5th, 2013.
Voting by Absentee Ballot (in person)
You can vote in person at your local Borough Board of Elections (the addresses to the BOE as at the bottom of this page). Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the absentee ballots have been certified and are sent to the Borough Office. Absentee voting in person ends the day before Election Day. If you have already received your Absentee Ballot you can deliver it your local Board of Elections on election day (contact your borough BOE to see what time they close).
* Emergency Absentee Ballots
If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you cannot appear at your poll site on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, then you may send a representative with a written letter of authorization to receive an Absentee Ballot on your behalf. A completed application and a voter's completed ballot must be returned to the Board Office by 9:00P.M.on Election Day.
AFFIDAVIT BALLOT INFORMATION
If you have made sure that you are signing in at the correct election district and poll site, and your name is not on the poll list, you can still vote. Ask the poll worker (Election District Inspector) for an affidavit ballot. You will fill out the paper ballot, place it in the affidavit envelope, complete the information requested on the front of the envelope, seal it and give it to the inspector. The sealed affidavit ballot will be forwarded to the Board of Elections where it will be counted after it is confirmed that you are registered at the address provided. If the Board determines that you are not registered at that address, they will notify you by mail and include a voter registration form with the notice. Fill out the form and return it to the Board of Elections to ensure you are registered for the future elections.
BOROUGH BOARDS OF ELECTION:
League of Women Voters of the City of New York
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