Election Protection Assistance

The New York State Office of the Attorney General is dedicated to protecting your voting rights and is here to answer your election-related questions and address any problems experienced by voters. Voters are encouraged to review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for assistance and may also call our election hotline at 1-800-771-7755, or click on the “Election Hotline” button below to complete our web form to address any issues that are not resolved by the FAQ.

Written requests for election-related assistance through the Office’s web form may be submitted at any time, starting now and will be answered in the order received. The telephone hotline will open after June 13, 2020 and will be running between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM from Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 21, and between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 23. Hotline calls will only be answered during these times. However, voicemails will also be returned in a timely fashion. Hotline calls and written requests for election-related assistance are processed by attorneys and staff in the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau.


Election Hotline

Frequently Asked Questions
June 23, 2020 Election
Recent Changes To New York’s Election Laws
Due to the Covid-19 Crisis

Yes, the Democratic presidential primary election will proceed. It is currently scheduled for June 23, 2020.

The presidential, and some congressional, and state primaries as well as the special election for the New York 27th Congressional District, a jurisdiction covering several Western New York counties, will take place on June 23, 2020.

For specific details on elections in your area, you should call or check your local Board of Elections website for a sample ballot. Otherwise, to determine which elections that you can participate in, you will need to know which election related districts you belong to based on where you live. This information is contained in your voter registration file.

If you live outside New York City, you can look up your voter information by visiting the New York State Board of Elections website.

If you live in New York City, you can look up your ballot information by visiting the New York City Board of Elections and inputting your street address or separately check your New York City voter registration file. You will need to input your full name, date of birth, and zip code to retrieve your voter registration information.

If you live outside of New York City, you can check your registration status by consulting the New York State Board of Elections website, and providing your full name, date of birth, and zip code.

If you live in New York City, you can check your voter registration file through the New York City Board of Elections website. If you cannot find your registration status or the information retrieved is incorrect, you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

For any election that an unregistered voter seeks to vote in, the unregistered voter must have their registration forms postmarked 25 days before the election and their local Board of Elections must receive their voter registration no later than 20 days before the election in which they seek to participate. In-person voter registration forms must be received by a local Board of Elections 25 days before the desired election.

For example, for the June 23, 2020 election, your voter registration must be postmarked by May 29, 2020 and received by your local Board of Elections by June 3, 2020. In-person voter registration forms must be received by your local Board of Elections by May 29, 2020.

You can register online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Be sure to keep your confirmation email, which only confirms that your information was sent to the Board of Elections for review. Contact your local Board of Elections if you haven't gotten a response within 6 weeks.

You can also obtain a Voter Registration Form from your local Board of Elections or at any one of the other following New York State agencies participating in the National Voter Registration Act:

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • City Universities of New York (CUNY)
  • Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Department of Health - WIC Program
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of State
  • Division of Veterans’ Services
  • Military Recruiting Offices
  • Office for the Aging
  • Office of Mental Health
  • Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
  • State Universities of New York (SUNY)
  • Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
  • Workers’ Compensation Board.

Alternatively, you can download the Voter Registration Form from the New York State Board of Elections website or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE to request the form.

Given the COVID-19 crisis, you can vote by the following methods:

  • by absentee ballot;
  • in person during early voting; or
  • in person at your assigned poll site on election day.

For the June 23rd, 2020 election, anyone can vote by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 crisis. The absentee ballot process is also generally available to voters who (1) will be absent from their county of residence, or for New York City residents absent from New York City, on Election Day; (2) have a temporary or permanent illness or disability; (3) are the primary caregiver of an individual who has a temporary or permanent illness or disability; (4) are patients at a Veterans’ Administration Hospital; and (5) are detained in jail awaiting a Grand Jury action, or confined in prison for conviction on an offense other than a felony.

To ensure the safety of all voters during the COVID-19 crisis, the temporary illness justification for an absentee ballot has been expanded to include the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus for any election held on or before June 23, 2020.

To obtain an absentee ballot, you must complete an absentee ballot application or call your local Board of Elections. An absentee ballot application form with a postage paid return envelope is automatically being sent to all active and inactive registered voters using the address currently on file with your local Board of Elections. You do not need to wait to receive this application in the mail; you may also download the application form from the New York State Board of Elections, and submit it to your local Board of Elections by mail, email, or fax using the contact information corresponding to your local Board of Elections, by the proper deadline.

Certain Boards of Election have prepared online submissions forms, such as New York City. There will no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020. Further, absentee ballots may also be requested from your local Board of Elections by telephone, who will then complete an absentee application on your behalf.

To request the ballot because of the COVID-19 crisis, check “temporary illness or physical disability” in box 1. You may also have a separate independent basis for the absentee ballot that allows you to request it for more than one election or indefinitely. However, if your absentee ballot request is only tied to the COVID-19 crisis, in box 2, mark for “Primary election only” as the Executive Order amending absentee ballot rules for the COVID-19 crisis was limited to the upcoming June 23, 2020 election. Should you have a personal situation allowing you to vote by absentee in another election, mark box 2 accordingly.

In boxes 3-5, input your name, date of birth, county of residence, and address where you live and are registered. In boxes 6-7 indicate the desired form of delivery for the primary and/or general and/or special election ballot (if you are able to claim an absentee basis in box 1 that would extend to other elections as well). In box 8, sign and date the form and then mail, fax, or e-mail it to your local Board of Elections.

If you are mailing the absentee ballot application, you must postmark it by June 16, 2020. If you are delivering the application to your Board of Elections in person, you must submit the application no later than June 22, 2020 in person.

Once your Board of Elections receives and processes your application, it will send you a ballot. If you haven’t received your absentee ballot, contact your local Board of Elections. If they aren’t able to adequately address the problem, contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

The content of your ballot will vary depending upon the number of contested elections in your district. When you receive your absentee ballot, you will receive two envelopes along with the ballot itself. Carefully fill out your ballot and avoid stray marks. The first envelope will be where you insert your completed and dated ballot. You will also need to sign the outside of the first envelope where marked and seal it. Do not use tape. The second envelope will be a postage paid return envelope where you insert the first sealed envelope containing your ballot. Be sure to carefully seal the second envelope before mailing it. You must postmark the absentee ballot by June 23, 2020 and your local Board of Elections must receive it by June 30, 2020.

Alternatively, you can hand deliver your absentee ballot to your Board of Elections by the close of polls on June 23, 2020. If you run into any issues in the absentee ballot process, you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

If your voter registration does not reflect your current address (see “How can I find out if I am registered to vote”), submit a voter registration as a change of name or address form. Complete a Voter Registration Form with the new information, and mail it together with your absentee application form to your local Board of Elections so that it can be postmarked by the May 29, 2020 deadline for changes of address.

New York is a closed primary state. That means voters can only vote in the primary of the party in which they are enrolled. Existing voters must have enrolled or changed parties by February 14, 2020 to participate in 2020 primaries.

No. If you already submitted an absentee ballot for an election that was later canceled and rescheduled due to COVID-19, the ballot will be counted, unless:

  • the ballot is found to be invalid for some reason;
  • the voter casts a ballot on the date of the rescheduled election;
  • or that voter requests and returns a subsequent absentee ballot.

For the June 23, 2020 election, any absentee ballots that are normally physically delivered to absentee voters at nursing or other residential facilities will instead be mailed to voters residing in such facilities.

Early voting for the June 23, 2020 election runs from Saturday, June 13, 2020 until Sunday, June 21, 2020. Registered voters in New York can cast a ballot in-person at certain designated poll sites.

Each Board of Elections will make one or more sites available to registered voters to cast ballots early. To find your early voting poll site(s) and the hours that those poll sites will be open, check the website of your local Board of Elections. In New York City, you can find your early voting poll site and its hours by consulting the New York City Board of Elections website, and typing in your address.

Note, if you are a voter in New York City, or in Westchester or Orange Counties, your Boards of Election have decided to assign you to a particular early voting poll site. As a result, in order to cast an effective early vote, you will need to visit the particular poll site assigned to you.

If you are a voter in Albany County, your Board of Elections has also assigned a particular poll site to you, but you also have the option of casting a ballot at the Albany County Board of Elections’ Office.

Voters in every other county of the state have the benefit of voting at any early voting poll site in their counties.

If you run into issues as you attempt to cast a ballot early, you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

If you live in New York City, you can find your Election Day polling place by consulting the New York City Board of Elections website and typing in your address.

Outside of New York City, you can find your Election Day poll site by consulting the New York State Board of Elections website and entering the required information. Alternatively, you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

On Election Day, June 23, 2020, all poll sites located in a jurisdiction with contested elections should be open from 6AM though 9PM.

If you believe your polling location is improperly closed, you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

If your name is not in the poll book when you arrive to vote, first confirm that you are at the correct polling location. You can use the steps summarized above to confirm your poll site or ask the inspector present at the polling location to confirm that you are at the right poll site for your address.

If you believe you are at the correct location and that you are eligible to vote, you have the right to cast an affidavit ballot. Be sure to fill out the affidavit envelope fully and completely. After the election, the Board of Elections will check its records and the vote will be counted if you are eligible to vote and were at the correct poll site. If it is later determined that you were not eligible to vote at that polling location, you will receive a notice that your vote was not counted. However, if you filled out the affidavit envelope completely, your Board should update your registration information for future elections. If your name was not in the poll book, or you run into any issues trying to cast an affidavit ballot, you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

If moving within New York State: Registered New York voters that moved from one county to another in New York but have not yet updated their address on their voter registration are still eligible to vote in person. In order to cast an effective ballot, you must cast an affidavit ballot at the poll site assigned to your new current address. Be sure to fill out the ballot envelope fully and completely.

If you need to find the poll site assigned to your new current address, and you live in New York City, check the New York City Board of Elections website, and type in your address.

For New Yorkers outside New York City, to find your new poll site you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

If moving to New York from out-of-state: If you have recently moved to New York from out of state, to be eligible to vote on June 23, 2020, you must mail your voter registration by May 29, 2020 and it must be received by your local Board of Elections by June 3, 2020. In-person voter registration forms must be received by your local Board of Elections by May 29, 2020.

If you have a four-hour window when the polls are open, and you are not working (i.e. your shift ends at 5pm and polls are open until 9pm) then you cannot get paid time off to vote. If you do not have a four-hour window, you may claim up to two hours of paid time off.

To do so, you must notify your employer at least two working days prior to their intention to take paid time off to vote, but not more than ten working days. If your employer refuses to give you paid time off, please contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance or call 1-800-771-7755.

The following special elections are cancelled, and the offices will be filled in the November general election:

  • New York State Senate 50th District
  • New York State Assembly 12th District
  • New York State Assembly 31st District;
  • New York State Assembly 136th District
  • Queens Borough President Special Election (Primary is still on);
  • New York City Council 27th District

The following elections have been postponed:

  • School District elections originally scheduled for May 19, 2020 are rescheduled to June 9, 2020. Every eligible school district voter will automatically be sent an absentee ballot with a postage paid return envelope only for these elections
  • Any library board election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 are postponed until at least June 1, 2020. If your local library board election is scheduled for the month of June, eligible voters will automatically be sent an absentee ballot with a postage paid return envelope.
  • Any village election previously scheduled to be held in March, April, May, or June will be held on September 15, 2020.

For further information concerning the recent changes made to New York election law due to the COVID-19 crisis, consult the following Executive Orders: