REGISTER TO VOTE.
You Know You Want To.
The word “disaster” has been used to describe the New York primary election that was held in April. Many people who wished to vote in the primary did not register in time to do so. Here is the basic information you should know in order to avoid difficulties when it comes to your precious right to vote. Register to Vote…you know you want to.
To be eligible to vote in New York, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a United States citizen; be 18 years old by December 31st of the year in which you file this form, and be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary, or other election in which you want to vote;
- Live at your present address at least 30 days before an election, except for Presidential and Vice Presidential elections;
- Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction;
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
There are high-tech and low/no-tech voter registration methods. On-line voter registration is available through the New York State DMV website at https://dmv.ny.gov/mydmv/mydmv. You can register in person or obtain a paper voter registration application from your local Board of Elections. You can also obtain your voter registration application at your local DMV and the following other agencies:
- Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
- City Universities of New York (CUNY)
- Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
- Department of Health – WIC Program
- Department of Labor
- Department of Social Services
- Department of State
- Division of Veterans’ Affairs
- Military Recruiting Offices
- Office for the Aging
- Office of Mental Health
- Office For People With Developmental Disabilities
- State Universities of New York (SUNY)
- Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
- Workers’ Compensation Board
You can request that the NY State Board of Elections mail you a registration form by entering your information into its data base https://www.elections.ny.gov/VoterRegFormRequest.html or by calling the Board of Elections at 1-800-FOR-VOTE.
You can download the registration forms or complete a fillable PDF:
Download English Form ( 279KB)
Download Spanish Form ( 300KB)
Complete English Form On-line ( 426KB)
Complete Spanish Form On-Line ( 330KB)
All completed voter registration forms should be mailed or hand delivered to your local county Board of Elections. Board of Elections’ contact information is provided below. In order to be entitled to vote in a particular election, your voter registration application must be postmarked by the 25th day prior to that election, and received by the Board of Elections by the 20th day prior to that election.
The time to register to vote, as always, is now. Contact the New York State Board of Elections or your local Hudson Valley Board of Elections with questions or concerns.
Register to Vote in the Hudson Valley: Board of Elections contact information:
New York State Board of Elections
284 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 334-5470
75 Webster Ave., P.O. Box 30, Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: (845) 360-6500
(855) 331-2444 se habla español
Fax: (845) 291-2437
47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Phone: (845) 486-2473
Fax: (845) 486-2483
Alanna C. Iacono is an associate practicing real estate law, concentrating on commercial and residential real estate transactions, landlord-tenant, foreclosure and condominium/HOA law. She can be reached by phone at 866-303-9595 toll free or 845-764-9656 and by email.