Voting Key Dates, Resources & Hotline Information

The Office of the New York State Attorney General dedicates itself to protecting your voting rights. This page will answer your election-related questions and address your voting problems. Below are a list of frequently asked questions and key dates for each of the three upcoming 2022 elections, of which you should be aware. Please note: primary elections are now split across two different election dates.




August Primary Elections

The August Primary Election will be for:

  • New York State Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
Key Dates: August Primary
July 29th Last Day to Register to Vote
August 8th Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail or Online
August 13th First Day of Early Voting
August 21st Last Day of Early Voting
August 22nd Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot at Your Local Board of Elections
August 23rd Election Day! Last Day to Vote with an Absentee Ballot by Mail or In-Person*
August 30th All Absentee ballots must be received to be counted

*Ballots placed in a Post Office Collection Box after the last collection on August 23rd WILL NOT BE COUNTED.



November General Election

The November General Election will be for:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Comptroller
  • State Assembly
  • New York State Senate
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Local Primaries (such as certain judicial and school boards offices)
  • Ballot measures
Key Dates: November General Election
October 14th Last Day to Register to Vote
October 24th Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail or Online
October 29th First Day of Early Voting
November 6th Last Day of Early Voting
November 7th Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot at Your Local Board of Elections
November 8th Election Day! Last Day to Vote with an Absentee Ballot by Mail or In-Person*
November 15th All Absentee ballots must be received to be counted

*Ballots placed in a Post Office Collection Box after the last collection on November 8th WILL NOT BE COUNTED.


Contact Us: Election Hotline

Online:

Election Hotline


Use our online form to submit requests for help, questions, or concerns about the election.


You may also contact us by phone:

1 (866) 390-2992

Hours of Operation:
Early Voting Days: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Election Day: 6:00am - 9:00pm

Voicemails left outside of regular operating hours will be returned.

The Attorney General's Office staff processes all calls and requests for election-related help.

After Election Day, you should submit any election-related questions online or by calling the Civil Rights Bureau at (212) 416-8250.



Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding the 2022 Elections Cycle

A. Election Logistics

What elections are happening during 2022?

Due to redistricting litigation, the upcoming primary elections are being split across two different election dates.

Statewide primary elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, State Assembly, U.S. Senate, and other local primaries (such as certain judicial and school boards offices) as well ballot measures will take place on June 28, 2022. The State Board of Elections has prepared a list of all offices potentially appearing on primary ballots for voters during the June primary.

Primaries for New York’s State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives will be held on August 23, 2022.

The General Election will take place on November 8, 2022.

For specific details on elections in your area, you should call or check your local Board of Elections website for a sample ballot. To determine which elections 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 in New York City, you can identify those elections in which you are eligible to vote by visiting the New York City Board of Elections website and inputting your street address (it will also show your poll site information). You can also 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 look up your voter registration file (as well as your poll site information) by visiting the New York State Board of Elections website. .

For both the upcoming primaries and the general election, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you can vote by the following methods:

  • by absentee ballot (returned by mail, or hand-delivered to your local Board of Elections Office or to an early voting or election day poll site);
  • in person during early voting; or
  • in person at your poll site on Election Day.

B. Voter Registration

You are eligible and may register to vote so long as you are:

  • a United States citizen;
  • 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which register to vote (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • a resident of New York State and the county, city or village in which you intend to vote for at least 30 days before an election;
  • not presently serving a term of incarceration for a felony (anyone released from felony detention is now able to vote; the voting rights of those with misdemeanor convictions are not impacted as they remain eligible to vote regardless of any sentence being served)
  • not adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and
  • not claiming the right to vote elsewhere.
  • If registering by mail, unregistered voters must have their registration forms postmarked 25 days before Election Day, and their local Board of Elections must receive their voter registration no later than 20 days before Election Day. If registering in person, the registration form must be received by a local Board of Elections 25 days before Election Day.

    Below you’ll find the cut off dates for voter registration in connection with each of the 2022 elections being held.

    2022 Voter Registration Deadlines
    June 28th - Primary August 23rd - Primary November 8th - General
    Postmark Deadline for Voter Registration (25 days before Election Day) June 3rd July 29th Oct. 14th
    Deadline for Receipt of Postmarked Voter Registration Form (20 days before Election Day) June 8th Aug. 3rd Oct. 19th
    In Person Registration Deadline at local Board of Elections (25 days before Election Day) June 3rd July 29th Oct. 14th

    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 relevant Board of Elections for review. Contact your local Board of Elections if you haven't gotten a recent response regarding your registration.

    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.

    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, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992.

    New York is a closed primary state. That means voters can only vote in the primaries of the party in which they are enrolled. Existing voters must have enrolled or changed parties by February 14, 2022 to participate in 2022 primaries.

    C. Voting by Absentee

    An absentee ballot is a paper mail-in ballot that is picked up by or sent to voters ahead of an election. An absentee ballot allows you to complete your ballot at home and securely return it to your local Board of Elections whenever you are ready, provided you are eligible to vote by absentee; request it ahead of time; complete the ballot correctly; and return it to your local Board of Elections by the stated deadlines.

    Through the end of 2022, any New Yorker voter can vote by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Ordinarily, 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 pandemic, the “temporary illness” justification (#2 above) has been expanded to include the potential for contracting or spreading a disease that may cause illness to the voter or to other members of the public until the end of 2022. However, even in you applied for and obtained an absentee ballot for an earlier election under the “temporary illness” justification due to COVID-19, you will need to apply again for an absentee ballot for the upcoming election.

    Any New York voter can request an absentee ballot to cast their vote.

    To obtain an absentee ballot, you may either submit an absentee ballot application or request one in person at your local Board of Elections.

    You may download the application form from the New York State Board of Elections, and submit it to your local Board of Elections by mail or fax using the contact information corresponding to your local Board of Elections so that it is received in time. Be sure to budget sufficient time for mailing.

    Alternatively, you may use a web portal to request your absentee ballot. The New York City Board of Elections has prepared its own online absentee ballot application portal, which allows voters to request an absentee ballot and also allows voters to track the status of their ballot application. The New York State Board of Elections, in turn, has created its own portal allowing voters to submit an online absentee ballot application.

    Be mindful of the following deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot for each of the 2022 elections.

    2022 Absentee Ballot Applications Deadlines
    June 28th - Primary August 23rd - Primary November 8th - General
    Deadline for local Boards of Election to Receive Your Absentee Ballot Request by Application, Letter, Fax, or Web Portal Request June 13th Aug. 8th Oct. 24th
    Last Day for You to Request an Absentee Ballot in Person at Your Local Board of Elections June 27th Aug. 22nd Nov. 7th

    For all elections held after June 1, 2022, New York residents with visual and/or physical disabilities will be able to request an accessible absentee ballot through the New York State Board of Elections website.

    Absentee ballots requested by voters who have disabilities will come with postage-paid return envelopes and “oath envelopes” that feature raised markers indicating where voters with visual impairments can sign their names – though local Boards will accept signatures written anywhere on the “oath envelope.”

    Voters who have disabilities will also be able to use an electronic voting method by which they will be able to mark an electronic version of their absentee ballot independently using their own assistive technology; print their marked absentee ballot; and return it by any of the methods specified under "How do I get my completed absentee ballot back to my local Board of Elections?".

    If you are completing the PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form and are requesting the ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic, check “temporary illness or physical disability” in box 1. If your only basis to request an absentee ballot is the COVID-19 crisis, in box 2, mark the applicable upcoming election.

    However, you may also have a separate independent basis that allows you to request an absentee ballot for more than one election or indefinitely. If your circumstances permit you to vote by absentee in an election after this election (you qualify for another excuse/justification under New York’s Election Law), 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 ballot. In box 8, sign and date the form and then mail or fax it to your local Board of Elections.

    Yes, you can designate another person to deliver your absentee ballot application in-person to your local county Board of Elections and receive your ballot. Simply complete your absentee ballot application to reflect the identity of the person (Box 6) that you authorize to hand deliver your application to your local county Board of Elections and pick up your absentee ballot.

    When you receive your absentee ballot, it should contain the following:

    1. an absentee ballot,
    2. an Oath/Security Envelope (the envelope that has a place for your signature and that the completed ballot goes in), and
    3. a Return Envelope (the envelope that the Oath/Security Envelope should be placed in; the Return Envelope is addressed to your county Board of Elections and should have a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail”).

    Once you apply for and receive your ballot, do the following to complete it:

    1. Mark the ballot according to your choices for each electoral contest, following the instructions on the ballot.
    2. Once you have completed marking your ballot, fold it up and place it in the Oath/Security Envelope.
    3. Sign and date the outside of the Oath/Security Envelope.
    4. Seal the Oath/Security Envelope. Do not use tape.
    5. Place the Oath/Security Envelope in the Return Envelope.
    6. Seal the Return Envelope. Do not use tape.

    You may return your completed absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

    1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than Election Day. The materials mailed to you will not include a postage paid envelope, so be sure to apply necessary postage! When completed ballots are mailed, they must also be received by a voter's local Board of Elections within a week of Election day.
      • Voters who mail in their ballots on Election Day must be aware of the posted collection times on collection boxes and at the Postal Service's retail facilities. On Election Day, ballots that were placed in mailboxes after the last posted collection time will not be postmarked until the following business day and therefore will not be counted even if received by a local Board of Election within the seven-day window specified under the Election Law.
      • When mailing your completed absentee ballot, the United States Postal Service recommends that voters allow enough time for ballots to be returned to their local Board of Elections. Mail your ballot in early!
    2. Bring it to your local Board of Elections Office no later than Election Day by 9pm.
    3. Bring it to an early voting poll site within your county during the early voting period.
    4. Bring it to a poll site within your county on Election Day by 9pm.
    2022 Completed Absentee Ballot Delivery and Drop Off Deadlines
    June 28th - Primary August 23rd - Primary November 8th - General
    Postmark Deadline for Completed Absentee Ballot Sent by Mail June 28th Aug. 23rd Nov. 8th
    Deadline for local Boards of Election to Physically Receive Absentee Ballots Sent by Mail July 5th Aug. 30th Nov. 15th
    Deadline for In-Person Drop Off of Completed Absentee Ballot at Local Board of Elections June 28th at 9pm Aug. 23rd at 9pm Nov. 8th at 9pm
    Deadline for In-Person Drop Off of Completed Absentee Ballot at Election Day Poll Site June 28th at 9pm Aug. 23rd at 9pm Nov. 8th at 9pm
    Time Frame to Drop Off of Your Completed Absentee Ballot in Person at an Early Voting Poll Site June 18th through June 26th (hours vary, check local Board of Elections website) Aug. 13th through Aug. 21st (hours vary, check local Board of Elections website) Oct. 29th through Nov. 6th (hours vary, check local Board of Elections website)

    Yes, you can have someone deliver your sealed and completed absentee ballot on your behalf.

    If you are concerned that your absentee ballot was not properly filled out or will not make it to your local Board of Elections in time, you may go to the polls and vote in person by affidavit ballot. If, however, your absentee ballot does arrive on time to your local Board of Elections and is properly completed, the cast absentee ballot will be counted over your in-person affidavit ballot cast at the poll site.

    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 you live in New York City, you may also want to consult the New York City Board of Elections website that allows voters to track the status of their ballot application.

    If your local Board of Elections isn’t able to adequately address the problem, you can contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Alternatively, if your absentee ballot fails to arrive by the start of early voting, plan to vote early. Do not wait until Election Day! Lines are likely to be shorter during the early voting period.

    Yes, just as when you check in to vote in person and sign the poll book, your signature on the Oath / Security Envelope of your absentee ballot is compared against the signature in your voter registration file to verify your identity.

    Sometimes voters make a mistake when completing their absentee ballot. Under a new change to the law, voters must be given an opportunity to correct certain types of mistakes made when voting by absentee ballot. These include instances where:

    1. the Oath/Security envelope is unsigned;
    2. an Oath/Security ballot envelope signature does not correspond to the signature on file for a voter and does not verify the voter;
    3. the Oath/Security envelope does not have the required witness to a mark where voter assistance is provided;
    4. the ballot is returned without an Oath/Security envelope in the return envelope (this includes unsealed Oath/Security envelopes inside sealed but not taped outer mailing envelopes);
    5. the Oath/Security envelope is signed by the person that has provided voter assistance but is not signed or marked by the voter him/herself; or 
    6. the voter has failed to sign the Oath/Security envelope and someone else has signed the Oath/Security envelope (i.e. power of attorney).

    If any of these mistakes take place in connection with your absentee ballot, your local Board of Elections must reach out to you and provide a “cure affirmation” (sworn statement) for you to complete, sign, and return addressing the error.

    You must file (or have postmarked, if sent by mail) any cure affirmation with a local Board of Elections by the seventh business day after you receive the notification by mail. You may return the cure affirmation by personal delivery or mail; however, if your absentee ballot application contained a “wet signature” (in other words, if you signed your original application in pen), you may submit the affirmation by email or fax.

    If the affirmation adequately addresses the error, the ballot must be counted. If the ballot is invalidated because the defect is not cured, you will be notified within three business days of the rejection.

    D. In-Person Early Voting

    You can vote in-person during the early voting period for each of the 2022 elections, as specified below.

    2022 Early Voting
    June 28th - Primary August 23rd - Primary November 8th - General
    Early Voting Period June 18th through June 26th (hours vary, check local Board of Elections website) Aug. 13th through Aug. 21st (hours vary, check local Board of Elections website) Oct. 29th through Nov. 6th (hours vary, check local Board of Elections website)

    Voters in every county of the state except counties within New York City have the benefit of voting at any early voting poll site in their counties. 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 or consult the New York State Board of Elections website and enter the required information.

    Note, if you are a voter in New York City, the New York City Board of Elections will assign you to a particular early voting poll site. As a result, to cast an effective early vote, you will need to visit the poll site assigned to you; you cannot vote early at any other poll site. 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.

    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, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Early voting hours can vary by early voting poll site, so it is important to consult your local Board of Elections for details.

    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, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    E. In-Person Election Day Voting

    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, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    On Election Day, 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, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    F. Resolving Problems that Might Arise During In-Person Voting

    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 that you are at the correct location and that you are eligible to vote, you have the right to cast an affidavit ballot. If 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, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    An affidavit (or provisional) ballot operates as a fail-safe when voting. It provides you an opportunity to cast a ballot when there are voter registration or other issues that would otherwise cause you to be turned away because you do not show up in the poll book at check-in. Affidavit ballots are not immediately scanned and counted on Election Day. Instead, they are temporary set aside until election officials can engage in further research to determine your eligibility to cast a ballot. Once verified, affidavit ballots can be counted and added to overall vote totals.

    There are two key portions to an affidavit ballot – the affidavit ballot and the affidavit envelope. The affidavit ballot is to be completed by you, reflecting your selection for each race. Once completed, it is placed inside the affidavit envelope. The affidavit envelope should be carefully completed by you and the Election Inspector as it permits you to document the information necessary for election officials to investigate your eligibility and determine whether your ballot will be counted.

    After the election, your local Board of Elections will check its records. Your 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 and a voter registration form to remedy any issues going forward. However, if you were in fact eligible to vote at that polling location, and if you filled out the affidavit envelope completely, your local Board of Elections should update your voter registration information for future elections using the information on your affidavit envelope.

    If poll workers refuse to provide you with an affidavit ballot, or poll workers call their local Board of Elections to determine your eligibility or registration status prior to providing you with an affidavit ballot, contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for immediate assistance as this practice is illegal, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    An affidavit ballot could be used to address uncertainty in a voter’s eligibility to cast a ballot in any one of the following scenarios:

    1. voters who moved within the state after registering;
    2. voters who are in inactive status;
    3. voters whose registration was incorrectly transferred to another address even though they did not move;
    4. voters whose registration poll records were missing on the day of such election;
    5. voters who have not had their identity previously verified;
    6. voters whose registration poll records did not show them to be enrolled in the party in which they are enrolled; and
    7. voters who are incorrectly identified as having already voted.

    Even if an Election Inspector believes that you are ineligible to vote or are at the wrong Poll Site, you have the right to request a Court Order to allow you to vote in-person on a ballot that will be counted by the close of polls.

    If you choose to pursue a Court Order, Election inspectors must then offer you a Certificate to Request a Court Order. Election inspectors must fill out the Certificate for you, with the election inspectors from each political party signing the document. Election inspectors must then direct you to your local Board of Elections Borough Office or an additional location where a judge may be available to review the issue and endorse the certificate if your registration is valid. Once this happens, you can then return to your polling location with the certificate and cast a conventional in-person ballot.

    If you need some help because you are have a disability or cannot read the ballot, federal law allows you to have a friend or relative assist you in the privacy booth. Election inspectors at the site are also ready to help you and have several assistive ballot marking devices available to help you cast your ballot.

    Both federal and New York State law also require that voters with disabilities be provided with reasonable accommodations to ensure meaningful access to voting. For example, if you are unable to stand for long periods of time in line, you may request an accommodation such as a chair, a placeholder, or movement to the front of the voting line. Polling sites must decide which accommodation is most appropriate. If you believe that you are not being provided a reasonable accommodation, call your local Board of Elections, or contact the contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Under New York law, an election inspector or clerk, a duly appointed poll watcher, or any registered voter properly in the polling place may challenge any person on their right to vote, by claiming:

    • that the voter’s signature is not authentic,
    • that the voter’s residence does not entitle the voter to cast his or her ballot in the election at issue,
    • that the voter has already cast his or her ballot,
    • that the voter is not otherwise qualified to vote, or
    • that the voter is engaged in electioneering (i.e., work on behalf of a political party or candidate).

    You are entitled to dispute the challenge so that you can cast your ballot. To do so, review “My vote was challenged at my poll site; what do I do now?” Most importantly, the challenger’s conduct must not be intimidating or rise to the level of a threat as specified under “What constitutes voter intimidation and how do I report it?”

    If your vote is challenged, an election inspector is to administer a “preliminary oath” that you will truthfully answer any questions concerning your qualifications as a voter, after which questions specific to the challenge made against you will be asked to determine the challenge’s validity. If you refuse to take the preliminary oath and answer the necessary questions to address the basis of the challenge, you will not be permitted to vote. If, after asking the necessary questions, the inspector believes you to be qualified to vote or if the challenge is withdrawn, you will be allowed to complete and cast your ballot.

    If the inspector finds your answers to the questions posed deficient, you may then elect to have a specific oath administered to you to remedy the issue posed by the challenge made, after which you shall be permitted to vote. These oaths include:

    • the qualification oath (which specifies that you are a citizen, a New York resident for thirty days next preceding the election at issue, that your residency is the same as that with which you registered, that you have not yet voted, and that you do not know of any reason why you are not qualified to vote and that your statements are truthful);
    • the bribery oath (which states that no form of direct or indirect compensation was given or otherwise tied to the giving or withholding of your vote);
    • or the incompetency oath (which states that you are legally competent).

    At any point during the challenge process, an election inspector may try to negotiate a solution with the challenger whereby you vote by affidavit ballot. If this happens, insist that the requisite oaths are given. Doing so will allow your vote to be counted by the end of Election Day rather than awaiting the review process required of affidavit ballots.

    Should you need assistance navigating this process, please contact the contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    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. 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 now live in New York City, check the New York City Board of Elections website, and type in your address.

    For New Yorkers outside of New York City, to find your new poll site you can call your local Board of Elections, or contact the contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    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 Election Day, your mailed voter registration must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received by your local Board of Elections by 20 days before Election Day. In-person voter registration forms must be received by your local Board of Elections 25 days before Election Days. For specific deadline dates on any one of the 2022 elections, consult "What are the deadlines for voter registration?".

    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 your 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 contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at call (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    An individual is never required to show photo ID anywhere in the State of New York to vote. Some form of identification may be required to vote, depending on when an individual registered, and whether this is their first time voting. Under such circumstances, an individual may produce a photo ID or one of the following items: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. It is entirely the voter’s choice as to which form to provide. If the individual does not have any of these pieces of identification, they may cast an affidavit ballot, unless a court says otherwise. If you experience improper requests for voter identification, please contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Voters may also observe poll workers requesting identification for purported reasons other than verifying a voter’s identity, such as to quickly ascertain the spelling of a voter’s name. In such instances, local boards and poll workers should use alternative approaches that do not require asking voters for identification, and whenever identification is requested, it should be clear that it is not required to vote.

    If you experience improper requests for voter identification, please contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Sharpies” or permanent markers are completely safe and legitimate ways to mark your ballot. While permanent or sharpie markers can bleed through to the other side of a ballot, there is an offset in how the ballot printing is done. Consequently, the races on one side of a ballot are not affected or inadvertently marked by any bleed through from the other side of a ballot marked with a “sharpie.” Further, sharpie markers do not smudge or stain the glass on a ballot scanner (improving processing times and accuracy) and are superior to ball point pens or pencils in that respect, which can smudge easily. Use them with complete confidence.

    G. Voter Intimidation Concerns

    Beware of any phone calls, mailings, or other media, including newspapers, TV, radio, or social media, that are trying to persuade you not to vote or to refrain from using a preferred voting method such as voting by absentee or during early voting. If you have received a robocall telling you that your voter information is not private, ignore it! Voting (whether by absentee or in person) does not cause your personal information to be shared with anyone! Beware of any calls telling you that elections are used to crack down on warrants or tickets. That person is trying to intimidate you and suppress your right to vote!

    Only trust reliable sources and independently verify any information that you do receive before acting upon it. Independently consult your local Board of Elections website and the resources identified in this FAQ regarding any last-minute election related changes that you receive, especially if these concern when and where you may vote. Both federal and state law prohibit any person from intimidating or attempting to intimidate or dissuade any other individual from voting. If you have been a target of voter intimidation or misinformation, please report it to New York State Attorney General’s Office, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Poll Watchers are designated by candidates, political parties, or independent organizations which have candidates on the ballot and/or political committees to observe irregularities and report these observations to the Elections Inspector, a Police Officer and/or the Board of Elections. At both general and primary elections, party and/or political committees (among others) may place three watchers at each election district at any given time, not more than one of whom may be within the guard rail. The “guard rail” refers to the portion of the poll site containing the table used by election inspectors and Board of Elections equipment, including the Privacy Booths, Ballot Marking Device (BMD), and Scanners, used to conduct such elections and any areas used by voters within the poll site to move between such locations.

    Note that watchers are permitted to do just that - watch - and nothing more. If they electioneer (i.e., work on behalf of a political party or candidate), engage the voter in political discussions, or interfere with the person’s right to vote, they are violating state law.

    Poll watchers may, however, challenge a voter at the polls based on: signature authenticity, residence, multiple voting, qualification to vote, or electioneering. Such challenges are to be made with the Election Inspectors, who will make a ruling on the challenge in accordance with approved procedures identified under “My vote was challenged at my poll site; what do I do now?”

    Should you observe prohibited conduct by any Poll Watcher, please contact the New York Attorney General’s Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Although we expect voting to proceed smoothly and safely across the State, the New York Attorney General's Office takes any claim of voter intimidation seriously, and we encourage you to immediately report any intimidation to our hotline. Voter intimidation, although unlikely, could take any number of forms, including (but not limited to):

    • individuals or groups patrolling outside of polling places and trying to scare people out of the voting line;
    • poll watchers inside a polling place aggressively challenging a large group of voters, leading to long lines and creating false fears that voters may be illegally voting;
    • poll watchers standing in the vicinity of privacy booths; standing in unauthorized areas; videotaping and/or photographing voters within the polling place; following or harassing voters in the polling place;
    • individuals spreading false rumors or making false statements that there are negative consequences to voting; or
    • Individuals or groups displaying weapons or foreign military uniforms or other military paraphernalia outside of polling locations.

    Voter intimidation is illegal. Should you see the above behavior or something similar to it, please contact the New York Attorney General's Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    H. COVID-19 Related Issues

    Guidance on face coverings and social distancing continues to evolve, please check with your local Board of Elections regarding the required COVID-19 protocols in place at your poll site. If your local Board of Elections is unable to assist you, please contact the New York Attorney General's Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992 (see telephone and email hours of operation).

    Given the reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission in outdoor settings, COVID-19 positive voters should request curbside voting at a polling location and otherwise comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance.

    Voters unable to medically tolerate face coverings should also request curbside voting if unvaccinated as doing so will allow indoor voting to proceed expeditiously while balancing the health interests of all concerned. If your polling place or local Board of Elections is unable to assist you, please contact the New York Attorney General's Office for assistance, including by calling our hotline at (866) 390-2992(see telephone and email hours of operation).