Register to Vote

Updated: September 15, 2016
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Click here to register to vote online.

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Forms must be hand delivered or mailed to the New York City Board of Elections office. Here are the addresses for the Board of Elections’ main office and borough offices.

To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States. You are a citizen if you were born in the USA (including Washinton DC, Guam, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands). You can also become a citizen through the naturalization process. Holders of green cards are not eligible to vote.
  • Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
  • Be 18 years of age before the next election. You can only vote this year if you turn 18 by Election Day.
  • Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

Voter Registration Deadlines

Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered to a board of Elections office or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for the election.

*To confirm your registration status, call 1-800-VOTE-NYC

If you move

Your residence address determines the particular contests in which you are eligible to vote. You must re-register before the voter registration deadline to be eligible to vote at the correct poll site for your new address. Federal and state laws say you shouldn’t lose the right to vote because you’ve recently made a short distance move. If you moved within the same election district (E.D.) you should be able to vote directly on the same machine you always have (if you’ve moved within the same apartment building or dorm, you probably have the same E.D.). If you moved within the same county or five boroughs of NYC, but haven’t registered to vote at your new address yet, you’ll have to go to your new polling site to cast a special paper ballot. Unfortunately, if you’ve moved out of state, from county to county or into or out of NYC, you’ll need to re-register before the registration deadline in order to vote.