Voting in 2020: What You Need to Know

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In these unprecedented times, voting will present some challenges. It's also arguably more important this year than ever.

Here are some key dates and resources to help you vote this November.

REGISTER TO VOTE – Deadline: October 9

You can't vote in any fashion if you aren't registered.

You can register online here: voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter

PDF versions are also available to download and mail to your county Board of Elections: PDF: English | PDF: Spanish

VOTING IN PERSON

EARLY VOTING: October 24 – November 1

For nine days, from October 24 to November 1, registered voters can cast their vote in-person at an early polling site. New Yorkers can still vote in-person on Election Day, November 3, as well.

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Due to social distancing and other measures taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you should expect voting to take longer than it has in the past. Plan in advance and be patient.

WHERE TO VOTE

Not sure where to vote? Contact your local board of elections.

VOTING BY MAIL

Have concerns about voting in person during a pandemic? No worries, you can vote by absentee ballot by checking the box /selecting the option for temporary illness.

In order to vote by mail, you must first apply for an absentee ballot.

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION – Deadline: October 27

You can request an absentee ballot online here: absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov.

PDF versions are also available to download: English | Spanish.

Applications must be mailed seven days before the election, or hand-delivered to your county board of elections by the day before the election.

You can find a directory of County Boards of Elections here: www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html.

ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING

Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received no later than November 10.

- OR -

Your ballot must be delivered to your local board of elections office by the end of business on Election Day, November 3. Again, you can find a directory of County Boards of Elections here: www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

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