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Voting Qualifications

Qualifications to Register to Vote in New York State

  • 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);
  • live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Absentee Ballots

Apply in English

Apply in Spanish

Apply by mail. Send request to your county board of elections. Find the address here. The request must contain:

  • the address where you are registered
  • an address where the ballot is to be sent
  • the reason for the request, and
  • the signature of the voter

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A patient or inmate 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.

More Absentee Ballot Information

How do I Vote

Election Protection

Election Protection Hotlines

  •  Questions or problems voting? Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for help.
  •  Questions or problems voting? Call 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) for bilingual assistance in Spanish.
  • Questions or problems voting? Call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)for bilingual assistance in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.
  •  For information or help with voting call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or visit 866OurVote.Org.