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FILLING OUT A REGISTRATION FORM

If you turn 18 by the end of the year, you are eligible to register to vote! Here are the steps you must follow to do so.

1. Print out a registration form.

2. Fill out your form with a dark blue or black ink pen according to the instructions listed below.

3. Fold your form and place in into an envelope. Seal the envelope.

4. Address the envelope to the Board of Elections address listed at the bottom of the second page of the form (the address of your borough's BOE can be found here)

5. Write your home address on the top left corner of the envelope.

6. Place a first-class stamp on the top right corner of the envelope. 

7. Place your envelope in the mail. The form must be postmarked by the deadline date, so make sure to place your form in the mailbox at least one day before the deadline. Find this year's deadlines below. Click here to locate the closest mailbox to your home

Completing your Form

Follow the guidelines below to fill out all 16 boxes of your registration form.

BOX 1:If you are a US citizen, check "yes."If not, do not register as it may threaten your immigration status.

bOX 2:Check "Yes" if you are currently 17 and will be turning 18 before election day.

BOX 3:You don't need to fill in a suffix if your name does not have one.

BOX 4:Make sure to write in your birthday correctly.

BOX 5:You don't need to fill in this box if you do not identify or feel uncomfortable sharing.

BOX 6:You don't need to fill in this box.

BOX 7:You don't need to fill in this box.

BOX 8:Fill in your home address, not your mailing address. Under "New York State County," write your borough.You do not need to write a PO box if you do not have one.

BOX 9:Fill in your mailing address, if it is different from your home address. You do not need to write a PO box if you do not have one.

BOX 10:Since you are registering for the first time, check "no."

BOX 11:Skip this box.

BOX 12:Skip this box because you are registering for the first time.

BOX 13:If you do not have a driver's license, do not enter a DMV number. Instead, enter the last four digits of your social security number. If you don't know whereto find your SS number, ask your parents. If they don't have it, check the box next to "I do not have a NYS license or a SS number. If you do this, make sure to bring your student ID to the polls the first time you vote.

BOX 14:You must choose a political party if to vote in the primary election. If you do not choose a party, you can vote in the general election, but will not be able to vote in the primary for any party besides the Independence Party. If you are not choosing a party, check the box next to "no party." For more information on primary and general elections, click here.

BOX 15:If you will be away from your home address, check the box for an absentee ballot. You will be mailed an absentee application form and eventually a ballot. For more information on absentee voting, click here.

BOX 16:Make sure to sign your form and write the date underneath your signature!

2018 dEADLINES TO REGISTER AND ELECTIONS

Below is a master schedule of all registration deadlines and election dates. To view these dates sorted by election, click here.

June 1 - This is the LAST DAY  to mail registration forms or register in person at the BOE for the FEDERAL PRIMARY.

June 6 - This is the LAST DAY registration forms can be received by the Board of Elections for the FEDERAL ELECTION PRIMARY. 

 

June 26 - This is the day of the FEDERAL ELECTION PRIMARY.

 

August 17 - This is the LAST DAY to mail registration forms or register in person at the BOE for the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY.

 

August 22 - This is the LAST DAY registration forms can be received by the Board of Elections for the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY.  

September 4 - This is the LAST DAY to mail an absentee ballot application to the BOE for the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY. For more information on absentee voting, or voting away from your home address, click here.

September 10 - This is the LAST DAY to bring an absentee ballot application in person to the BOE for the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY. A mailed Absentee ballot must also be postmarked by this date. For more information on absentee voting, or voting away from your home address, click here.

 

September 13 -  This is the day of the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY ELECTION. Absentee ballots that haven't been mailed must be delivered in person to the BOE before polls close.

September 18 - This is the last day absentee ballots will be received and accepted for the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY ELECTION.

October 12 - This is the last day to mail registration forms or register in person at the BOE for the GENERAL ELECTION (This election includes STATE/LOCAL and FEDERAL elections).

 

October 17 - This is the LAST DAY registration forms can be received by the Board of Elections for the GENERAL ELECTION.  (This election includes STATE/LOCAL and FEDERAL elections).

October 30 - This is the LAST DAY to mail an absentee ballot application to the BOE for the GENERAL ELECTION. For more information on absentee voting, or voting away from your home address, click here.

November 5 - This is the LAST DAY to bring an absentee ballot application in person to the BOE for the GENERAL ELECTION. A mailed absentee ballot must also be postmarked by this date. For more information on absentee voting, or voting away from your home address, click here.

 

November 6 -  This is the day of the GENERAL ELECTION. Absentee ballots that haven't been mailed must be delivered in person to the BOE before polls close.

November 19 - This is the last day absentee ballots will be received and accepted for the STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY ELECTION.

Deadlines and Election Dates Sorted by Election

FEDERAL PRIMARY

FEDERAL PRIMARY

STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY

gENERAL ELECTION

wHERE TO VOTE

To find your polling location, click here, type your home address into the space provided and hit enter. Your polling location will appear on the screen. This is the location at which you are expected to vote come election day.

eLECTION DAY

​Here are some important things to remember come election day: 

  • Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If you are in your correct polling location before 9:00 PM, you can vote.

  • Although it is not required by law, it is a good idea to bring your student ID or another form of photo ID to your polling center.

  • If you need help with the ballot, you can ask a trained poll volunteer. If you need an interpreter, ask for one. You can always call 866-VOTE-NYC for further help.

 

REGISTERING AND VOTING OUTSIDE OF NYC

Are you going to college next year in a different state? If so, and if you still want to vote in New York State Primary and General Elections, you must vote with an absentee ballot! Before deciding to vote absentee, first take into account the weight your vote may have elsewhere. For example, if you are more concerned with issues facing your college state/town, and you think your vote may have greater sway there, you should not vote absentee!

The pRocess

1. While registering to vote, make sure to check the box in section 15 asking if you need to register for an absentee ballot application. If you checked this box, you should have an application form mailed to the address you listed on the form, but if not, you must download and print out this Absentee Ballot Application Form. you can also call 1-866-VOTE-NYC and request an application.

2. Fill out the form.

3. Mail the form to your local Board of Elections (the address of your borough's BOE can be found here). This form must be postmarked by the seventh day before the election. For exact 2018 deadlines, click here. If you are still in NY, you can also bring your form to your borough BOE.

4. A ballot will be mailed to you at the address you wrote into your application form. Fill in the ballot in accordance with the directions found here under "Using an Absentee Ballot."

5. Place your ballot in a small envelope, and sign and date the back off the envelope. Next, place the small envelops in the larger BOE envelope that was included with your ballot. 

6. Mail your ballot or deliver it in person to your borough BOE by the day before the election. It must be received by 7 days after the election. For exact 2018 deadlines, click here.