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How to register to vote online, by mail or in person in New York State

400,000 register to vote on National Voter Registration Day
Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 11:35:07-04

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.

REQUIREMENTS

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

Online: Click here to begin the voter registration process.

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

Allegany
6 Schuyler St.
Belmont, NY 14813
(585) 268-9294

Cattaraugus
207 Rock City St.
Suite 100
Little Valley, NY
14755
(716) 938-2400

Chautauqua
7 North Erie St.
Mayville, NY 14757
(716) 753-4580

Erie
134 W. Eagle St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 858-8891

Genesee
County Building #1
15 Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 815-7804

Niagara
111 Main St.
Ste. 100
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 438-4040

Orleans
14012 State Rte. 31
Albion, NY 14411
(585) 589-3274

Wyoming
4 Perry Ave.
Warsaw, NY 14569
(585) 786-8931

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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.