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How To: Register to Vote in NYC

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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Vote here sign (Katy Warner/flickr)

Deadline Alert! Friday, October 11 is the last day to register to vote in the November 5 general election. Friday is also the deadline if you want to change your party affiliation for the 2014 state and federal primary elections. You must be affiliated with a party to vote in that party's primary election. Here's everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

Am I Already Registered? What party am I affiliated with?

If you want to check if you are registered in New York City, refer to https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/. If the site is down, check back in a couple of hours.

How Do I Register?

Print, fill out, and mail the two sided registration form by October 11:

English: http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/voteform.pdf

(Don't have a stamp? Here's a postage paid version!)

Spanish: http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/spanishvoteform.pdf

You can also register in person at the Board of Elections: 

Executive Office
32 - 42 Broadway, 7 Fl New York, NY  10004 Tel: 1.212.487.5400
Hours of Operation - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Bronx
1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl Bronx, NY 10457 Tel: 1.718.299.9017
Hours of Operation – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Brooklyn
345 Adams Street, 4 Fl Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: 1.718.797.8800
Hours of Operation – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Queens
126-06 Queens Boulevard Kew Gardens, NY 11415 Tel: 1.718.730.6730
Hours of Operation – 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Manhattan
200 Varick Street, 10 Flr New York, NY 10014 Tel: 1.212.886.2100
Hours of Operation – 9a.m. – 5 p.m.

Staten Island
1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305 Tel: 1.718.876.0079
Hours of Operation – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Can I Register Online? 

If you have a New York State issued ID, you can register to vote online with the DMV. You'll need to register an account with the DMV, or sign in if you already have one.

What If I Am Registered Elsewhere?

If you are registered elsewhere and have moved to New York CIty, you can register here. Do not vote in your former election district. Indicate your former address in the NYC voter registration form.

Can I Switch Party Affiliation?

You do not need to be affiliated with a party to vote in the November 5 general election. To change party affiliation for next year's primary elections, fill out a voter registration form by Friday and indicate a change of party.

What If I Want to Vote Absentee, or Am In the Military?

Lots more information on the Board of Elections site.

Where Do I Vote On Election Day?

For your polling location, refer to http://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/Search.aspx

Again, the deadline to register for the general election is October 11th.

Election Dates To Remember

General Election: Tuesday, November 5


 

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Comments [4]

Martin Burch from New York, NY

You guys should really link to the postage-paid NYC registration form:
http://vote.nyc.ny.us/downloads/pdf/forms/boe/voterreg/voterregenglish.pdf

More languages here:
http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/voters.shtml

The NYS form requires a stamp.

In both cases the form seems to require Legal size paper, rather than Letter size paper.

Paper forms, oddball sizes. The Board of Elections is not making registration easy, is it? At least save a stamp, New Yorkers. Your tax dollars are paying for it.

Aug. 13 2013 05:47 PM
kate from new york

How do I change my address on my already existing registration?

Aug. 13 2013 10:03 AM
Jenny WNYC

Wendy, the lookup tool doesn't work from time to time. Check back at a later time to see if it's working. Hope this was helpful!

Aug. 07 2013 12:53 PM
Wendy Amengual Wark from New York, NY

The look up tool on the NYS Elections site does not work.

Aug. 06 2013 06:20 PM

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