The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guaranty [sic] of your liberty. That vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Women have suffered agony of soul which you never can comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom. The vote has been costly. Prize it! The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer. Use it intelligently, conscientiously, prayerfully. Progress is calling to you to make no pause. Act!Carrie Chapman Catt, August 1920
Democracy Depends on You — One Voter at a Time
NYS VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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 for a felony conviction;
- not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
To see if you are already registered, follow this link to the NYS Voter Registration Database Search.
METHODS TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Methods to register to vote or to enroll/change/update your political party or other aspect of your registration:
- Register by mail in English
- Register by mail in Spanish
- Register in person at your County Board of Elections
- Register online through the DMV
- Other ways to register in NY
- Registering outside of NY
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Volunteers are needed at many outdoor locales (high schools, community centers, farmer’s market) to help register voters on National Voter Registration Day and other dates throughout the fall election season. According to data from the 2020 U.S. Census, as many as one in four eligible Americans is not registered to vote. Millions of Americans miss elections each year due to registration problems or missed deadlines, yet our democracy works best when more of us participate. For more information and to volunteer, please contact LWVS President Alissa Baum.
Every year, this important national, nonpartisan civic holiday in celebration of our democracy is held on the fourth Tuesday every September. First observed in 2012, the holiday has gained momentum ever since. The goal is to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities and to register eligible Americans so they can be #VoteReady. For more information on this coordinated effort and its history, visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org.
Follow this link to the November 2021 General Election Timeline for Relevant Dates and Deadlines
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
- Vote 411
- NYS Board of Elections
- Westchester County Board of Elections
- Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices
- Text VOTENY to 474747 to receive updates about upcoming elections in New York
If you have trouble voting or suspect a problem, call these hotlines to speak to a trained Election Protection volunteer who can help you navigate any voting problems, from registering to vote to casting your ballot. Voters have the right to cast their ballot without fear or intimidation.
- English language hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or visit 866OurVote.Org
- Spanish language hotline: 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)
- Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Tagalog hotline: 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
- Arabic language hotline: 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287)
- American Sign Language video call number: 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683)
STUDENT VOTING INFO
NYS VOTING REFORMS FROM 2019
- Party enrollment deadline extended to February 14, 2020, for purposes of eligibility to vote in Presidential Primary
- Other NYS voting reforms passed in 2019 (in addition to early voting)
- For additional questions regarding voting or the elections, please contact the LWVS Voter Service Chairs.