How Do I Register to Vote?
You must complete a voter registration form and submit it to the local Board of Elections no later than dates below to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. You must meet the following criteria to be considered a registered voter. Voter registration forms can be found at any post office, town hall or at any local Board of Elections office. Downloadable forms are available – click here.
be a United States citizen;
be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
reside at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction and;
not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
Re-Registering or Changing Your Information
Once you register, you are permanently registered unless you move.
Name, address or party enrollment changes can be made by submitting a new registration form in any manner permitted for a registration application.
If you move, your notice of change of address must be received by the Board of Elections up to:
25 days before the election in which you seek to vote if mailed.
Or, 20 days before the election in which you seek to vote if applying in person.
You will be notified by the Board of Elections of your new polling site.
A change of enrollment takes effect 7 days following the general election providing it is received prior to the last day to register for that election.
By enrolling in a constituted party you can help designate candidates by signing petitions and voting in a primary election, however, you are not obligated to vote for your party’s candidate in the General Election, you may vote for any candidate from any party.
To vote in a primary you must register for one of the following constituted political parties by indicating your preference on the voter registration form: Democratic, Republican, Independence, Conservative or Working Families. You can also choose to write-in a party or not enroll in a party, but in either of these cases you will not be able to participate in a primary.
Additionally, if you are currently an enrolled voter and change your party status, your change will not be effective until after the next General Election.
Note – All changes of party enrollment go into effect once a year. They must be filed 25 days prior to the general election and will go into effect seven days after the general election of that year.
For additional information, visit the New York State Board of Elections.
PRIMARY ELECTION – REGISTRATION DEADLINES
BY MAIL: Applications must be postmarked no later than early August and received by the Board not later than mid August to be eligible to vote for Primary.
IN PERSON: Applications must be received at the Board no later than mid August
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Notices of change of address from registered voters must be received by mid August .
GENERAL ELECTION – REGISTRATION DEADLINES
BY MAIL: Applications must be postmarked no later than the beginning of October and received by the Board not later than early October to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
IN PERSON: Applications must be received at the Board no later than early October.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Notices of change of address from registered voters must be received by early October
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How do I vote absentee?
- unable to appear due to Business, Education or Vacation
- unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability
- a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
- detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
- Absentee Ballot Application
- Absentee Ballot Application Form (version en español)
- My Absentee Ballot Status
- Military/Federal Absentee Form
Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election
If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your board of elections containing a statement which describes the particulars of your illness or disability. The Board will review the facts stated, and if satisfied, will mark your registration record. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.
Who should I contact with further questions?
David C. Green, Commissioner
PO Box 30
Goshen, New York 10924
Phone: (845) 291-2444
Fax: (845) 291-2437
Toll Free: (888) 879-POLL