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If you want to visit your polling location on Election Day, that's great! Here's a check list to have you formulate a voting plan:
I know where my polling location is and have a plan to get there. If not, visit New York State's voter look-up website to find your polling location based on the address where you are registered to vote.
I know the hours my polling location is open. Most polling locations in New York State are open 6:00am - 9:00pm on Election Day, but it's always good to check.
I researched races and ballot initiatives. Need help learning more? We suggest Ballot Ready or Vote411 to learn about the candidates and measures on your ballot. You can also visit our Voter Education webpage.
I know my rights as a voter. If not, you can read more on the ACLU's website.
I saved the Election Protection Hotline number in my phone. English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683; Spanish: 1-888-839-8682; Arabic: 1-844-925-5287; Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin,
Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
In January 2019, New York State began modernizing the election law, expanding voter access by enacting a flexible in-person “Early Voting” period. All primary, run-off primary, special, and general elections now allow New Yorkers to have more convenient opportunities to participate in elections.
Any registered voter is eligible to vote early in-person during the early voting period.
Early Voting in New York is available at designated early voting sites from 10 days before the election through the 2nd day before the election.
General Election Early Voting Dates: October 24 – November 1, 2020 (includes Saturday and Sunday)
Your polling location for Early Voting may differ from the polling location you'd visit on Election Day. In most areas of New York State, you can go to any location within the county where you are registered to cast your vote. To find your Early Voting polling location visit Vote Early New York website.
The hours that polling locations are open during Early Voting vary from day to day. To confirm the open hours of the Early Voting polling locations visit the Vote Early New York website.
If you are unable to vote in-person on Election Day, or at an Early Voting polling location, you are eligible to vote in an election through the use of an Absentee Ballot. Due to the Coronavirus, all New York State voters can select "temporary illness or disability" as the reason for voting by absentee ballot.
You can vote by absentee ballot if you are:
Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City, absent from said city on Election Day;
Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled; (*Covid-19 can be a reason if you are sick or are trying to minimize your risk of getting sick.*)
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.
Complete and submit a New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form. You can download the PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form from our website.
To vote in the 2020 General Election, your Absentee Ballot Application Form must be postmarked by October 27, 2020. You can also submit the Absentee Ballot Application Form in-person at the board of elections office in your county until November 2, 2020.
In some counties you can request and an Absentee Ballot through letter, email, phone, or online form. To learn more, visit the Board of Elections website and determine alternative methods for the county where you are registered to vote.
If you mailed your Absentee Ballot Application Form, you will be able to vote on a ballot you will recieve in the postal mail. Your ballot must be completed and postmarked by November 2, 2020 in order to be valid.
If you complete and submit the Absentee Ballot Application Form at your county's Board of Elections office, you will be given a ballot and asked to complete it in-person. To use this method, you must complete and submit the Absentee Ballot Application Form in-person at your county Board of Elections office by November 2, 2020.
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