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For Voters

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

  1. Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  2. Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
  3. Be 18 years of age before the next election.
  4. Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  5. Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
  6. Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

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

VOTER REGISTRATION

If you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online.
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You can register to vote in person at one of our offices; or

You can register by mail

  • A Voter Registration Form from the New York City Board of Elections may be obtained in the following ways:
  • Fill out a Voter Registration Application using only a pen with blue or black ink
  • Be sure to sign the form.
  • Mail (DO NOT FAX) the Voter Registration Form to:
    Board of Elections in the City of New York
    32 Broadway, 7 Fl
    New York, NY 10004-1609

PARTY AFFILIATION
Party Affiliation in New York State
The application contains a section where you can indicate your choice for party affiliation. If you would like to register without designating a party, simply mark the space indicating "I do not wish to enroll in a party."

The following parties are recognized in New York State:

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Conservative
  • Working Families
  • Independence
  • Green

Party Affiliation and the Primary System
In a Primary Election, only voters registered with one of the parties qualified to hold a primary in New York City may vote to nominate their party's candidate to run in the general election.

Candidates nominated by the parties for each office then appear on the general election ballot, along with any independent candidates who gain access to the general ballot without running in the party primaries.

Voting in Primary Elections
To vote in a primary election you must be enrolled in one of these listed parties: Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence, Green, except the Independence party, which permits non-enrolled voters to participate in certain primary elections.

To Change Your Party Affiliation
You can change your party affiliation by obtaining a Voter Registration Form, indicating the change and sending it to the Board of Elections. We will process the information and send you a new voter card reflecting the change in party. You cannot CHANGE your enrollment and vote in the NEW PARTY of your choice in the same year. Please Note: a change of enrollment will go into affect one week following the General Election. The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election (25 days prior to the date of the General Election).

KEEPING YOUR REGISTRATION CURRENT

What the Law Says
Your residence address determines the particular contests in which you are eligible to vote. Because of the role that one's address plays in the electoral system, New York State law requires voters to notify the Board of Elections within 25 days of an address change to preserve their voting rights.

To Make Changes to Your Registration
You must notify the Board of Elections, in writing, to make any change to your registration (change of address or name). You may send us the change on a Registration application.

Controls for Keeping a Registration Current
The Board has developed two programs:

  • The Board of Elections compares its file of registered voters to a file received from the United States Postal Service (USPS) of people who have submitted a change of address. For voters that match, the Board of Elections sends a confirmation notice to indeed verify if the voter has moved.
  • Reports received by city/state agencies (Mental Health, Corrections, Health Dept., Motor Vehicles, etc.) as mechanisms for keeping the voter registry current.

 


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