You may also obtain Registration Forms from libraries, post offices, and most New York City government agencies, or by calling the Phone Bank at 1.866.VOTE.NYC and we'll send you a postage-paid registration form in the mail.
Register to vote in person at one of our offices.
The application contains a section where you can indicate your choice for party affiliation. If you would like to register without designating a party, simply mark the space indicating "I do not wish to enroll in a party."
The following parties are recognized in New York State:
Voting in Primary Elections
In a Primary Election, only voters registered with a party may vote to nominate their party's candidate. Candidates nominated by the parties for each office then appear on the general election ballot, along with any independent candidates who gain access to the general ballot without running in the party primaries.
However, the Independence party permits non-enrolled voters to participate in certain primary elections.
To Change Your Party Affiliation
You can change your party affiliation by obtaining a Voter Registration Form, indicating the change and sending it to the Board of Elections. We will process the information and send you a new voter card reflecting the change in party.
Please note: you cannot CHANGE your enrollment and vote in the NEW PARTY of your choice in the same year. A change of enrollment will go into affect one week following the General Election. The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election (25 days prior to the date of the General Election).
New York State Voter's Bill of Rights
As a registered voter, you have the right to:
VOTE: The right to vote includes voting for candidates and questions on the ballot and having sufficient time to vote.
HAVE YOUR VOTES COUNT: Vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately cast.
SECRECY IN VOTING: Secrecy in voting will be preserved for all elections.
FREEDOM IN VOTING: Cast your vote, free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers or any other person.
PERMANENT REGISTRATION: Once registered to vote, you continue to remain qualified to vote from an address within your county or city.
ACCESSIBLE ELECTIONS: Non-discriminatory equal access to the election system for all voters, including the elderly, disabled, alternative language minorities, military and overseas citizens, as required by Federal and State laws.
ASSISTANCE IN VOTING: You may request assistance to vote because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write.
INSTRUCTION IN VOTING: You can view a sample ballot in this polling place prior to voting, and before entering or approaching a privacy booth, scanner or ballot marking device, you may request help in how to mark and/or cast your ballot.
AFFIDAVIT VOTING: Whenever your name does not appear in the poll ledger or the voter registration or enrollment list, or you do not provide identification when required, you will be offered an affidavit ballot.
Keeping Your Registration Current
Your residence address determines the particular contests in which you are eligible to vote. Because of the role that one's address plays in the electoral system, New York State law requires voters to notify the Board of Elections within 25 days of an address change to preserve their voting rights.
To Make Changes to Your Registration
You must notify the Board of Elections, in writing, to make any change to your registration (change of address or name). You may send us the change on a Registration application.
Controls for Keeping a Registration Current
The Board has developed two programs:
The Board of Elections compares its file of registered voters to a file received from the United States Postal Service (USPS) of people who have submitted a change of address. For voters that match, the Board of Elections sends a confirmation notice to indeed verify if the voter has moved.
Reports received by city/state agencies (Mental Health, Corrections, Health Dept., Motor Vehicles, etc.) as mechanisms for keeping the voter registry current.