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How to register

Vote NYC buttonIt's fast and easy to register to vote.

If you're not sure if you're registered, you can check here. 

You can also sign up to get text or email reminders about elections.

DATES to know

FALL 2023! 

Early Voting Period is Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, November 5 (hours vary and are listed here). Your early voting site may be different from you election day site, so check your voting site here.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. Polls are open from 6am to 9pm. Find your polling place here.


Can I vote? What are my rights?

CAN I vote?

To be eligible to vote in New York state, you must:

  • be a United States citizen* 
  • be 18 years old by December 31 (you must be at least 18 years old by the date of the election in which you want to vote);
  • resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • not be in prison (in New York you can vote if you are on parole, but you need to re-register. );
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

The NYC City Council voted in Dec. 2021 to allow green card holders and DACA recipients to vote in city elections--but in June 2022 a judge struck down the law as against the NY State constituion. In July 2022, the City appealed this ruling, so the fight continues. As of now, only citizens can vote.

If you are currently homeless or worry that you might be by the time election day comes, you still absolutely have the right to vote. When you register, include a mailing address where the BOE can send you notices. See this League of Women Voters page and this Coalition for the Homeless page for more information on your rights.

NYC Votes has more information about voting rights.

Vote by mail (absentee ballot)

You can request an absentee ballot even if you will be in NYC on election day - for instance you can mark the reason as "Temporary illness or disability," which includes the risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot online is Monday, October 23rd, and to request one in person is November 6th. The deadline to postmark your absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 7th.

When you send in your ballot, make sure to sign and date the back of the envelope. You can track your ballot after you send it here.


Who and what's on the ballot fall 2023

Many City Council seats will be up for election this fall, as well as the District Attorney role for Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and some civil court positions. Keep an eye on the NYC Votes page on candidates, where they will post information soon. 

There are also two ballot proposals - 

One would remove specific debt limits on how smaller city school districts spend their budget, and give them the flexibility of larger school districts in deciding how to spend their money.

The other would extend an existing exclusion that keeps spending on the construction of sewage facilities from counting as debt.