On Election Day, participating poll sites are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. If you are in line by 9 PM, stay in line to cast a ballot.
Step 1: Go to the poll site for your registered home address. If you’re a first-time registered voter who didn’t provide your identification when you registered, you need to show an acceptable form of ID.
Step 2: A poll worker will look up your name on the list of registered voters.
Step 3: After you sign your name in the poll book, you'll be given a paper ballot and directed to a privacy booth.
Step 4: Mark the ballot with your choices using the pen provided.
Step 5: Take your ballot to the scanner area and insert your marked ballot in the scanner to cast your vote.
Step 6: The scanner will record your vote. When the polls close, the scanners will be used to count all votes cast on Election Day.
Learn more about voting on Election Day.
Only first-time registrants who did not provide identification when they registered to vote 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 paycheck
- Recent copy of government check or document
Fast Pass Card and Contactless Check-in
If you are registered to vote you should receive an “NYC Information Mailer” in the mail that will contain a fast tag for contactless check-in and a fast pass card with all your voting information.
If you bring these to your polling site a poll worker will scan them to check you in.
To learn more visit Vote NYC.
Voters with Disabilities
Poll sites allow voters with disabilities to go to the front of the line. If you have a disability or difficulty seeing or marking the paper ballot, poll workers can help you.
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
- 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.
Seniors are given priority and can go to the front of the line.
As required by the Voting Rights Act, the Board of Elections provides interpretation services at certain poll sites in:
Voting by Affidavit
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.