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New York

Population

19,453,561

Voting-Age Pop.

13,686,685

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 59 %
Trump 37 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 9, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Voters may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like Covid-19).

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  • No, residents of New York must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of New York must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • Oct 27 is the last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.

Requests must be received by: Oct 27 (electronic/postmark)

Oct 27 is the last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.

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  • Nov 2 is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot.

Requests must be received by: Nov 2 (in person)

Nov 2 is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot.

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  • Sept 18: Ballots will be mailed out around this time.


    You may file an application at any time before the deadlines.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 18: Ballots will be mailed out around this time.


You may file an application at any time before the deadlines.

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  • Nov 3 is the last day to deliver the ballot in person to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

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Nov 3 is the last day to deliver the ballot in person to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

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  • Nov 3 is the last day to postmark the ballot.


    Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov 10.

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Nov 3 is the last day to postmark the ballot.


Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov 10.

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  • Qualifications to vote by absentee ballot:


    - Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.

    - Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like Covid-19).

    - Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.

    - A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration hospital.

    - Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

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Qualifications to vote by absentee ballot:


- Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.

- Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like Covid-19).

- Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.

- A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration hospital.

- Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Early voting starts on Oct 24 and runs until Nov 1.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Mailed applications must be postmarked by Oct 9 and received by Oct 14; in-person applications must be received no later than Oct 9.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

The state will try to check your identity before Election Day, through the DMV number (driver’s license number or non-driver ID number) or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a DMV or Social Security number, you may use alternate forms of ID. You may include a copy of one of those types of ID with the voter registration form. If they are unable to verify your identity before Election Day, you will be asked for ID when you vote for the first time.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - elections.ny.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Last Four Digits of Social Security Number

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  • DMV Number

    Driver’s license number or non-driver ID number

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  • Current Utility Bill

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  • Valid Photo ID

  • Bank Statement

  • Paycheck

  • Government Check

  • Other Government Document

    That shows your name and address


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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