For all elections and primaries, participating poll site locations are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. At each poll site every voter who is in line by 9 PM can cast a ballot.

Early Voting

Early voting will be a new option for the 2019 General Election. From Saturday, October 26th through Sunday, November 3rd, select sites across all five boroughs will offer early voting before Election Day on November 5th. Voters will still have the option to use the absentee ballot.

Learn more about early voting locations and times.

Transportation to Poll Sites

The City does NOT provide transportation to poll sites.

You can learn about voting, upcoming elections, and the voting process online or by phone.

Online

Learn about:

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

You can confirm your:  

  • Poll site name and address
  • Electoral districts, including City Council, Congressional, and Assembly

You must provide the home address you used when you registered to vote.

If you recently moved, you must register your new address with the Board of Elections. As long as your updated registration is delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election, you'll be able to vote at the poll site assigned to your new address.

Viewing a Sample Ballot

You can view a sample ballot when there is an election event in your Election District. You can find out your election district and see a sample ballot at the Board of Elections Poll Site Locator and Sample Ballot Display.

The sample ballot lists the names and party affiliations of all candidates seeking election in your district, and lists any referenda being voted on in your district.

The ballots used on Election Day may be different as a result of court orders.  The sample ballot is for reference and is not valid for casting a vote.  A paper ballot will be provided at your polling place on Election Day for use in casting your vote.

Poll sites provide voters with ballots and scanners to record their votes.

On Election Day:

  • Go to the poll site for your registered home address.
  • A poll worker will look up your name on the list of registered voters.
  • After you sign your name in the poll book, you'll be given a paper ballot and directed to a privacy booth.
  • Mark the ballot with your choices using the pen provided.
  • Take your ballot to the scanner area and insert your marked ballot in the scanner to cast your vote.
  • The scanner will record your vote. When the polls close, the scanners will be used to count all votes cast on Election Day. 

If you have a disability or difficulty seeing or marking the paper ballot, poll workers can help you. Each privacy booth will have a magnifying sheet. You can also use a ballot marking device (BMD).

Voters with Disabilities

Each poll site provides magnifiers at voting booths if you have difficulty seeing. A ballot marking device (BMD) is also available if you have a disability. This device enables voters with disabilities to vote without assistance and in privacy.

You will be able to access and mark a ballot using a:

  • Audio headset
  • Touch screen
  • Keypad
  • Sip and puff device
  • Rocker paddle

At least one BMD will be available in every poll site during the regular voting hours of 6 AM to 9 PM. At each poll site, every voter who is in line by 9 PM can cast his or her ballot.

Identification Requirements

Only first-time registrants who did not provide identification when they registered to vote will need to show identification at the poll site. Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

  • Valid Photo ID 
  • Recent copy of Utility Bill 
  • Recent copy of Bank Statement 
  • Recent copy of Pay Check 
  • Recent copy of Government Check or Document

Interpretation Services

As required by the Voting Rights Act, the Board of Elections provides interpretation services at certain poll sites in:

  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Voter Name Not in Poll Book

If you believe you are registered to vote and your name does not appear in the poll book on Election Day, you are entitled to receive an affidavit ballot. You can complete and submit the ballot at your poll site. The NYC Board of Election will notify you by mail whether or not your ballot was counted.

You can register to vote in New York City if you:

  • Are a U.S. Citizen
  • Have been a New York City resident for at least 30 days
  • Will be at least 18 years of age before the next election
  • Aren’t in prison for a felony conviction
  • Don’t claim the right to vote elsewhere

The New York City Board of Elections (BOE) must receive your new or updated registration at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election.

You can register or update your registration online, by mail, or in person.

To find out your registration status, registered home address, and political party, you will be asked some questions to verify your identity, location, and date of birth.

Online

By Mail

Download the application, complete the form, sign it, and mail it to:

Board of Elections
32 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004-1609

In Person

You can register or pick up a registration form at a BOE Office.

Keeping Registration Current

The home address and the political party listed on your voter registration form determines both your poll site and the particular contests in which you are eligible to vote. Because of the role the home address plays in the electoral system, New York State law requires all registered voters to notify the Board of Elections within 25 days of an address change to preserve their voting rights.  

You may use the New York State Voter Registration Form to report your new home address or a change in political party affiliation to the Board of Elections. You can request a copy of the form from the Board of Elections online or by phone

Voter Name Not in Poll Book

If you believe you are registered to vote and your name does not appear in the poll book on Election Day, you are entitled to receive an affidavit ballot. You can complete and submit the ballot at your poll site. The NYC Board of Election will notify you by mail whether or not your ballot was counted.

Additional Assistance

If you need more information about registering, have questions about your registration status, or need a replacement registration card, you can get assistance by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.

Registered voters may vote by absentee ballot if they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day because of one of the following reasons:

  • Business
  • Studies
  • Travel
  • Imprisonment (not including convicted felons) 
  • Illness
  • Disability
  • Hospitalization 
  • Residency in a long-term care facility

You cannot apply for an Absentee Ballot on Election Day. You can deliver a completed Absentee Ballot and envelope to the BOE Borough Office up until 9 PM on Election Day.

You can request an absentee ballot application or find out how to submit an absentee ballot.

Learn more about absentee voting.

Absentee Ballot Application

An Absentee Ballot Application is required to receive an absentee ballot. An application must include the following information: 

  • Your name 
  • The home address listed on your voter registration 
  • Your mailing address (if different) 
  • Your reason for voting absentee 
  • Your signature

You can get an application by:

Online

Download an absentee ballot application.

In Person

Visit one of the Board of Elections borough offices.

By Phone

You can have a postage-paid application mailed to you.

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

By Mail Absentee Voting

You can mail your absentee ballot to your Board of Elections borough office. To be counted, your absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day. It also must reach the borough office no later than 7 days after the election has ended.

In Person Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day. 

You can find a list of dates pertaining to each election and the additional days and hours for in-office absentee voting, on the Board of Elections website.

Visit the NYC Board of Elections website.

You can cast your absentee ballot at one of the Board of Elections (BOE) Borough Offices. Unless otherwise noted, offices are open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, except on Election Day when their hours are 6 AM to 9 PM. 

Emergency Absentee Ballots

If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and a person cannot appear at the polls on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, they may send a representative. The representative must have an authorized letter to receive an Absentee Ballot Application and an absentee ballot by the close of business, the day before the Election. 

To be valid, both the completed application and ballot envelope, which contains ONLY the completed ballot, must be delivered to your Board of Elections Borough Office by 9 PM on Election Day.

Unless otherwise noted, offices are open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, except on Election Day when their hours are 6 AM to 9 PM.

Bronx

1780 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10457

Brooklyn

345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Manhattan

200 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

Queens

118-35 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Staten Island

1 Edgewater Plaza
Staten Island, NY 10305

Additional Assistance

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

NYC311 is part of New York City government and does not provide information or take complaints about political candidates or their election campaigns.

You may contact the candidate's campaign office to make a complaint about the candidate, campaign workers or the use of campaign tactics, such as robo-calls, direct mail, or television ads.

To report political signs on public property, use the Poster or Sticker Complaint page.

You can get alerts and information about upcoming elections from the New York City Campaign Finance Board by providing your e-mail address. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link you will need to click in order to complete the subscription process.

Once you confirm your subscription, you will get alerts and information sent directly to your e-mail inbox.

Alerts are sent to your e-mail inbox ONLY. You will not get alerts on your phone, even if you provide your cell phone number.

All voters must meet requirements of age, citizenship, and residency. You must also be registered to vote.

If you have a criminal record, there may be more requirements for you to be able to vote.

  • There are no additional requirements if you:
  • Are in jail for a misdemeanor charge
  • Have been convicted of a misdemeanor
  • Are on probation
  • Have completed your maximum prison sentence
  • Have been discharged from parole on any charge

If you are on parole, you must get a Certificate of Relief or a Certificate of Good Conduct to restore your voting rights.  You must also register again.

To learn about getting Certificate of Relief or a Certificate of Good Conduct, use the Certificate of Good Conduct or Relief page.

If you are in prison or jail for a felony, you cannot vote.

If you are awaiting arraignment, trial, or sentencing at the New York City Department of Correction, you are eligible to vote.

All people with a criminal record are encouraged to check that that they are registered to vote, and to re-register if necessary.

Learn more:

Online

Learn about voting rights and registration for people with a criminal record or inmates.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Re-Registering to Vote after Prison

If you were in prison for a felony, the Board of Elections was notified and your name was removed from the voting rolls.

When you have completed your maximum sentence or been discharged from parole, you need to register again to vote.

Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot for a DOC Inmate

You can get voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications from the law libraries, counseling units, chaplains’ offices and program wagons in the New York City Department of Correction.

When you register to vote you should use your permanent home address as your residence. Do not provide the address of the jail, except as your mailing address.