Nov. 8, 2016

Registration Deadline: Oct. 14 (postmarked); Oct. 14 (in person at the Board of Elections)

Out of town for the primary or general election? Register to vote absentee.

To vote absentee (more info below) in the Nov. 8 general election, you must:

  • Send a request by mail to the Board of Elections by Nov. 1 or apply in person at the Board of Elections by Nov. 7.

Election Protection Hotline:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for English assistance (866-OUR-VOTE)
5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT for bilingual English/Spanish assistance (888-VE-Y-VOTA)
Asian language speaking voters can receive assistance through partner hotline (888-API-VOTE)

New York Attorney General’s Office Election Day Hotline:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT

For more information, including poll locations, registration information, candidate bios and more, visit or Problems or concerns? Call the NYCLU’s Voting Team at (212) 607-3300. Be sure to bookmark this web page, as we will post additional information on it in the run up to the primary and general election.

Click the buttons below for more information about your voting rights or download this information as a PDF.

To avoid common mistakes and ensure your New York absentee ballot counts:

  • Return your absentee ballot on time. It must be submitted in person before the polls close on Election Day, or postmarked by the day before.
  • Sign the ballot envelope as required.
  • Ensure that the signature on the ballot envelope matches the one on file.
  • Include the ballot in the envelope.
  • Use the correct envelope.

  • Register to Vote in New York

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