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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before Election Day
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018 for federal/congressional primary. August 19, 2018 for state and local primaries. June 6 and August 24 for change of address requests.
  • Primary Election (State): September 13, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 12, 2018. Change of address requests by October 17, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

New York’s voter registration form asks for your New York driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?


+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any voter may submit an absentee ballot if he or she is absent from his or her county or city of registration, unable to appear at a voting place because of illness or disability or because the voter is the primary care taker of a person with an illness or disability, an inmate or patient of a veteran’s administration hospital, or detained in jail or prison.
  • Absentee ballot applications must be postmarked at least seven days before the election or delivered in person by the day before the election.
  • Absentee ballots must be mailed so that they are received by the close of the polls on Election Day or postmarked by no later than the day before the election and received within seven days after primary elections, and 13 days after general elections.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote. Hours may vary for primary elections so check with your board of elections before voting in a primary.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in New York affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed New York legal professional.


Last updated June 2018