Voting Rights

Who Can Vote in New York State?

To be eligible to vote in New York you must:

(1) be a US citizen including those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands,

(2) Be a resident of New York State and of your county, city or village for at least 30 days.,

(3) be 18 years old before the next election,

(4) not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction or on parole.*

(5) not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside New York)

In New York, you only lose the right to vote if  you have been convicted of a felony and you are currently incarcerated or currently on parole.

* While on parole, you may apply for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct, which if granted, allows you to register and vote.

You can still vote if you;

are homeless;

have been arrested before;

are awaiting trail in jail;

have misdemeanor conviction(s);

or on probation or have completed you sentence for a felony conviction.

To Register:

Register in person: Go to your local Board of Elections office.

For the New York City Board of Elections, call 212.VOTE.NYC or go to the New York State Board of Elections call 518.474.6220 or go to (You must mail or deliver your completed registration form to the Board of Elections at least 25 days before the next election.)

Register by mail: Visit your local post office or library and request a voter registration form; call the New York State voter registration hotline at 1.800.FOR.VOTE; or download the form:  Send your completed form to your local county Board of Elections.

If you do not get a registration card within 4 to 6 weeks of completing your application, you can call the Board of Elections to see if your application was processed.