You can find your poll site and learn about voting and upcoming elections.

On the day of the election or primary, participating poll sites are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. Voters who are in line by 9 PM can cast a ballot.

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

Using the Poll Site Locator, you can confirm your:  

  • Election Day poll site
  • Early Voting poll site
  • Election Districts, including City Council, Congressional, and Assembly

You can also view a sample ballot if there is an election event in your Election District. The sample ballot lists the names and party affiliations of all candidates and any proposals being voted on in your district.

The sample ballot is for reference and isn't valid for casting a vote. A paper ballot will be provided at Early Voting and Election Day sites, which may be different than the sample ballot because of court orders.

Use the Poll Site Locator.

Voting Process

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.

Identification Requirements

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

Voters with Disabilities

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
  • 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.

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

Transportation

The City doesn’t provide transportation to poll sites.

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.

Early voting was a new option for the 2019 General Election.

From Saturday, October 26th through Sunday, November 3rd, select sites in all five boroughs offered early voting before Election Day on November 5th.

If you voted at an Early Voting poll site, you don't need to vote on Election Day. The ballot is the same, no matter when you choose to vote.

You can vote by absentee ballot if you can’t vote on Election Day or at an Early Voting poll site 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

Learn more about absentee voting.

Absentee Ballot Application

You must complete and submit an Absentee Ballot Application to receive an absentee ballot. You can’t apply on Election Day.

The application must include:

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

Online

Download an absentee ballot application.

In Person

Pick up an application at a Board of Elections office.

By Phone

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

Call 311 for assistance.

Submitting an Absentee Ballot

After you have received and completed an absentee ballot, you can send it to the Board of Elections (BOE) by mail or in person.

By Mail

You can mail your absentee ballot to your BOE 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 in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends 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 find a list of dates for each election and the additional days and hours for in-office absentee voting, on the BOE's website.

Visit the NYC Board of Elections website.

Emergency Absentee Ballots

If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you can’t appear at the polls on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, you can 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 BOE Borough Office by 9 PM on Election Day.

Voting Rights

Voters in New York City have certain rights.

Learn about your rights as a voter.

Events

You can attend voter awareness events in your community.

Learn about upcoming events.

Alerts

You can sign up to receive email updates with information about upcoming elections from the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

After you provide your email address, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a link you will need to click in order to confirm and complete the subscription process.

Alerts are only sent by email. You will not get alerts on your phone, even if you provide your cell phone number.

All voters must meet age, citizenship, and residency requirements. 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 Conduct to restore your voting rights. You must also register again. To learn about getting Certificate of Relief or a Certificate of Conduct, visit the Certificate of Conduct 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.

Online

Learn about voting rights for people with a criminal record or inmates of Department of Correction.

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.

Unless otherwise noted, Borough of Elections 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 BOE Borough Office
1780 Grand Concourse, 5th Floor
Bronx, NY, 10457

Brooklyn BOE Borough Office
345 Adams Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Manhattan BOE Office
200 Varick Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY, 10014

Queens BOE Office
118-35 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY, 11375

Staten Island BOE Office
1 Edgewater Plaza, 4th Floor
Staten Island, NY, 10305

Call 311 if you need more help.

You can get more help with voting, upcoming elections, and the voting process by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.

Political Campaign Complaints

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

Election campaigns and other non-profit organizations are not covered by the National Do Not Call Registry. The NYC Board of Elections and other City agencies don’t take complaints about election campaigns or candidates.

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, visit the Poster or Sticker Complaint page.

Poll Site Complaints

You report a problem with a poll site, including:

  • Poll sites that opened late or closed early
  • Poll sites that aren’t accessible to voters with disabilities
  • Long lines
  • Lack of privacy
  • Voting machine or ballot issues

You can also report a problem with a poll worker. To make a complaint, visit the Poll Site or Voting Equipment Complaint page.

Voter Name Not in Poll Book

If you believe you are registered to vote and your name doesn't 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 Elections will notify you by mail whether or not your ballot was counted.