To vote in the 2020 General Election, including the presidential election, citizens must register to vote or postmark their registration form by October 9.
New York State offers three ways to register: in person, by mail or online.
To vote, you must be:
- a U.S. citizen
- 18 years old as of December 31 of the year in which you file (or 18 by the date of the election in which you want to vote
You must not be:
- in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
- adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
- claiming the right to vote elsewhere
Have the following information ready before you fill out the form:
- NYS DMV Number (9-digit number on your driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID)
- Last four digits of your social security number
You must sign the paper form in ink (not pencil) if applying in person or by mail.
The form also lets you optionally enroll in a political party, apply for an absentee ballot or volunteer as an Election Day worker.
HOW TO REGISTER
In person: You can fill out this form and bring it to any elections office in New York State. Addresses are available on the back (second page) of the form.
By mail: Fill out this form and mail it to the Board of Elections office in your county, listed on the back (second page) of the form.
WNY BOARD OF ELECTIONS ADDRESSES
6 Schuyler St.
Belmont, NY 14813
207 Rock City St.
Little Valley, NY
7 North Erie St.
Mayville, NY 14757
134 W. Eagle St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
County Building #1
15 Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020
111 Main St.
Lockport, NY 14094
14012 State Rte. 31
Albion, NY 14411
4 Perry Ave.
Warsaw, NY 14569
- If you are already registered to vote and need to change information on your registration, including party affiliation, you can repeat the same steps above. The Board of Elections will update any information that differs from your previous registration with the new data.
- If you're unsure whether you're already registered under the most up-to-date information, you can check your registration status and polling site here.
- If you haven't received a response within six weeks of applying contact your county's Board of Elections.