Voter Registration

Voter and Poll Worker Educational Notices

Make sure your vote counts!

These notices explain how to make sure your vote counts and how to avoid over votes (filling in too many ovals) and double votes (voting more than once for the same candidate). Read the Notice concerning overvotes and double votes.

Voter Registration Form

Note: You will need a PDF reader (free) to print out the Voter Registration Card.

Please read the requirements below to see if you're eligible to vote.

Download the voter registration forms from the NYS Board of Elections at http://www.elections.state.ny.us

TO REGISTER TO VOTE YOU MUST:

  1. be a citizen of the United States.
  2. be 18 years of age by the day of the election in which you want to vote.
  3. be a resident of the county for at least 30 days before the election.
  4. not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction.
  5. not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

You can obtain a mail registration form by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE or visiting your County Board of Elections.

Forms are also available at most government offices, post offices and libraries.

Complete the form and mail it to your County Board of Elections.

You may also register in person at your County Board of Elections.

You need to re-register to vote if:

  • you move out of the county
  • change your name
  • change your party enrollment

If you move within your county call your County Board of Elections for specific instructions.

HOW CAN I VOTE IN PRIMARY ELECTIONS?

You must be enrolled in one of the seven recognized parties (i.e., Republican, Democrat, Independence, Conservative, Liberal, Right To Life, Green, or Working Families) and there must be a primary in the party in which you are enrolled.

HOW DO I INDICATE MY CHOICE OF A PARTY?

You use the same form as you do for registering to vote. In Section I, indicate that you are filing either a new registration or a change of enrollment; then complete Section 10.

NOTE: If you are already registered and are filing a change of enrollment, the change will not take effect until after the next November general election.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

Each year, 65 to 75 days before the general election, you should receive a postcard from the Board of Elections verifying your current address. This card also indicates the location of your polling place and whether or not this place is accessible to the handicapped. If you have any questions about the information provided, call your County Board of Elections.

CAN I OBTAIN SPECIAL HELP AT THE POLLS IF I NEED IT?

Yes. A voter with a disability may have the assistance of anyone of their choice, so long as the person providing the assistance is not the voter's employer or union agent. If the voter requests assistance from inspectors at the polling place, one from each of the two parties represented there will help.

HOW DO I CAST A WRITE-IN VOTE?

If you ask, an inspector will show you on the sample ballot displayed in your polling place, how to cast a write-in vote.

HOW IS MY VOTE KEPT SECRET?

Your vote is protected through a system of mechanical and administrative safeguards. For example, the back of the voting machine can only be opened at the beginning of the election, before any votes are cast, and at the close of voting. When the machine is opened, only totals show and election officials cannot tell who voted for which candidate. The number assigned to each voter by the inspectors in no way reveals for whom you voted. This makes it possible to keep an exact record of the number of votes cast on the machine and to pinpoint any problems that may occur on the machine.

HOW CAN I VOTE WHEN I AM AWAY FROM HOME?

If you will be absent from your county on election day because of your occupation, business, vacation or studies, you can request an absentee ballot application and vote by absentee ballot in any primary, special or general election. The application may be obtained from any Board of Elections. Just call, write or apply in person as soon as you know that you will be out of your county. If you are calling or applying by mail, you must do so at least seven days before the election. If you are applying in person, you may do so up to and including the day before the election.

HOW CAN I VOTE IF I AM ILL OR DISABLED?

If you are unable to vote in person because of illness or physical disability, you may vote by absentee ballot. Normally, applications for absentee ballots must be mailed to the Board of Elections not later than seven days before the election. However, if you become ill or disabled within ten days of the election, you may submit the application up to and including the day before the election. Persons who are permanently ill or disabled may receive absentee ballots for all fUture elections by filing only one application indicating your illness or disability. You will then be sent an absentee ballot for every primary, special and general election for which you qualify as a voter.

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