Primary Election Updates
Published: September 3, 2020
New York State launched an online portal where all registered voters can request an absentee ballot if you are worried about in-person voting due to COVID.
There’s no need to wait — you can request an absentee ballot for the November 3rd election today. (Please note that you must already be registered to vote at your current address. If you aren’t registered to vote, or need to change your voter registration address, visit elections.ny.gov for more info.)
New Yorkers have options in the way to cast a vote this elections: In addition to voting by absentee ballot, you can vote early in-person at your Early Voting polling place from October 24 to November 1 (there are nine days of Early Voting). And of course, you can still vote in-person on Election Day, November 3rd. Whatever option feels safest is up to you — just make sure your voice is heard.
Published: August 24, 2020
The New York City Board of Elections created a portal to request absentee ballots online.
Yesterday, I signed legislation that ensures every New Yorker can safely vote in November amid the COVID-19 pandemic and guarantees that every vote will be counted. Registered voters who live in the five boroughs can now request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID; the State Board of Elections will soon be able to offer the same digital service to all New York voters.
Published: August 21, 2020
Governor Cuomo signed into law steps to ensure that every vote is counted. He proclaimed the following:
Starting today, all registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID. All Boards of Elections in New York State must count:
- All ballots postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3rd) and received within seven days after Election Day.
- All ballots without a postmark received on November 4th (the day after Election Day).
These measures are critical to a full and fair election at one of the most important moments in our nation’s history. We are removing barriers to democracy and will make it easier for all New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote this November. You can vote early in-person, you can vote on Election Day or you can vote using an absentee ballot. Whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard.
Published: April 28, 2020
By Gov. Cuomo’s executive order all registered voters will receive a ballot by mail.
Are you registered to vote in the Federal and State primary elections that will be held June 23rd? Check your voter status or register to vote at www.vote.org
If you possess a NY State Driver’s License, Permit, or Non-Driver’s ID, then you may also register to vote directly at the DMV website: voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/
Your voting application must be postmarked no later than May 29, 2020 and received by the board of elections no later than June 3, 2020 to be eligible to vote in this year’s primary being held on June 23rd. If you are a registered voter, you will receive a ballot by mail automatically. Also, you may download an absentee ballot in English and Spanish by clicking on this link:
You can use an absentee ballot to vote from the safety of your home.
Registering to vote is simple. Fill out the form with your name, address, and personal information, and then submit it with your social security number and state identification. www.vote.org
If you believe you are already registered to vote, check your status to be sure at https://www.vote.org/.
Remember the words of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. “Give us the ballot, and we will fill our legislative halls with men of goodwill…” (Read more about his historic speech here: kinginstitute.stanford.edu)
- For more official information about who is eligible to vote in the State of New York, please refer to this site: vote.nyc/page/voter-qualifications
- For more official information about the State of New York’s voter registration deadlines, please refer to this site: elections.ny.gov/votingdeadlines