When is Election Day?

The general election is on November 6. The first primary, for federal races (such as House and U.S. Senate primaries), already took place on June 26, as well as the state primaries that took place on September 13. 

Polling places in New York City will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The winner of each general election will be elected to the office.

How do I register to vote in New York State?

  • You can register in person at your county Board of Elections. There is one in each borough – The Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island), Queens and Kings (Brooklyn).
  • You can also apply to register to vote at a host of New York State agency offices. See a full list.
  • You can request that a voter registration application form be mailed to you on the state Board of Elections website, or you can call 1-800-FOR-VOTE.
    - You can submit that voter application form to your local DMV. You can also register to vote on the DMV website if you already have a DMV-issued ID, such as a driver's license.
  • The state Board of Elections website makes a registration form available on its website. It can be either filled out on a computer and then printed out, or it can be printed and filled out by hand. Once filled out, it must be mailed to your county Board of Elections.
  • City residents can also email their mailing address to vote@boe.nyc.ny.us or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC to request a mail registration application.

Can I still register to vote before the election?

Unfortunately, the deadline passed on October 12.

How do I find out where to go to vote, and what candidates are running in my district?


This poll site locator created by the New York City Board of Elections tells voters where their poll site is located based on their address. (They need to be registered to vote at the address they search.)

Once you search for your address, a list of upcoming races comes up. Click on "Ballot Information" to see which races are being contested, and who is running.

I am not enrolled in a political party. Can I vote?

If you are registered to vote, absolutely. New York State's primaries are closed primaries, meaning only members of that particular political party can vote in a primary election, but all registered voters vote in the general election.

What if I want to change my party affiliation?

It's too late. You would have had to do so by October 13, 2017.

If you wanted to change your affiliation for 2019, you needed to fill out a voter registration form that was received by the Board of Elections by October 12.

I am not going to be able to vote in person at my polling place. How can I get an absentee ballot?

New York City residents can apply for absentee ballots by writing the Board of Elections, emailing vote@boe.nyc.ny.us, or filling out an application (accessible on the city's Board of Elections website) and bringing it to their Board of Elections borough office. The application must either be mailed seven days before the election, or returned to the resident's county Board of Elections by the day before the election.