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Information About Primary Elections and Early Voting
As of April 1, 2020 – check back for updates

Estado de Nueva York Información sobre Elecciones Primarias y Votación Temprana A partir del 1 de Abril de 2020: regrese para recibir actualizaciones

Dates and Deadlines for June Primaries

Governor Cuomo has introduced two Executive Orders to postpone the April Presidential primary, special elections, and the spring village and school board elections because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York State.

The Executive Order consolidates the April 28th presidential primary and special elections (27th Congressional District, 12th Assembly District, 31st Assembly District, 136th Assembly District, and 50th Senate District) with the June 23rd state and congressional primary.

School board and village elections have also been postponed but these elections have not been scheduled. The Executive Order states that these elections must occur after June 1st.

Presidential, Congressional, State, and Local Primaries
June 23, 2020

EARLY VOTING JUNE 13 - 21

  • May 29 is the last day to register in person or to postmark your voter registration form
  • June 16 is the last day to postmark application for absentee ballot by mail
  • June 22 is the last day to apply in person at board of elections for absentee ballot
  • June 22 is the last day to postmark absentee ballot
  • June 23 is the last day to deliver absentee ballot in person at board of elections

General Election Day
November 3, 2020

EARLY VOTING OCTOBER 24 – NOVEMBER 1

  • October 9 is the last day to postmark your voter registration form
  • October 10 is the last day to register to vote in person at your county Board of Elections office
  • October 27 is the last day to postmark application for absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 2 is the last day to apply in person for absentee ballot
  • November 2 is last day to postmark absentee ballot.
  • November 3 is the last day to deliver absentee ballot in person at board of elections.

FAQs

CHANGES IN 2020 ELECTIONS (as of April 1, 2020)

Governor Cuomo has introduced two Executive Orders to postpone the April Presidential primary, special elections, and the spring village and school board elections because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York State.

The Executive Orders are available to read on the Governor’s website:

WHICH ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED?
The Executive Order consolidates the April 28th presidential primary and special elections (27th Congressional District, 12th Assembly District, 31st Assembly District, 136th Assembly District, and 50th Senate District) with the June 23rd state and congressional primary. School board and village elections have also been postponed but these elections have not been scheduled. The Executive Order states that these elections must occur after June 1st. 

DID THE REGISTRATION DATES CHANGE?

  • May 29 is the last day to postmark a registration form for primary; it must be received by the board of elections by June 3.
  • May 29 is the last day to register in person at your county board of elections.
  • For a voter who just want to vote in one of the Special Elections happening in NYC, or elsewhere, the deadline is June 13th.

WHAT IF I ALREADY VOTED VIA ABSENTEE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTIONS AND PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY?
At this time the Executive Order does not address that question.  Election officials are predicting that all absentee ballots will be preserved and counted in June, but we will have to wait for more guidance on this question.

EARLY VOTING

WHAT DOES EARLY VOTING DO?
Early voting allows you to vote in person at a poll site within your county for nine (9) days, beginning 10 days before an election and ending 2 days before an election. Early voting is not available on the day before any election day. You do not need to have a reason or excuse to vote early.

The poll sites for early voting will not necessarily be your usual poll site location. Each county will determine where the poll sites for early voting will be and the hours each site will be open for voting. Some counties will assign you to a specific poll site during early voting days and other counties will allow you to go to any poll site within the county to vote early. Each county can make this decision and you can see on your county Board of Elections’ (BOE) website where you can vote in your county. A county is required to have one (1) poll site for every fifty thousand (50,000) registered voters, though some counties may have more.

ON THE ELECTION DAY, PRIMARY OR GENERAL, YOU MUST GO TO YOUR USUAL ASSIGNED POLL SITE TO VOTE.
If you vote in person during early voting, you are NOT eligible to vote by either absentee ballot, or in person at the polls on Election Day.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE EARLY VOTING POLL SITE?
Voting at an early voting poll site may be different from the way you have voted on Election Day. For example, there may be electronic poll books instead of paper registration books. However, you will still be expected to sign in (either on the paper poll book or the electronic poll book), receive a ballot, complete the ballot and feed the ballot into a scanner for counting. A sample ballot should be posted at your poll site.

DO I NEED TO BE REGISTERED TO VOTE EARLY OR CAN I REGISTER AT AN EARLY VOTING POLL SITE?
You still must be registered in advance to vote early in NYS. See the list of Dates and Deadlines above for the last day to register to vote in person at your county Board of Election’s office or to postmark your voter registration form (which should be mailed to your county Board of Election’s office). In NYS, you cannot register to vote during early voting or at the polls on an election day. The registration form is available on the NYS BOE website.

You can download, print and complete a voter registration form from your county Board of Elections’ office or website, the State League website or you can register online through the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles if you have an account with DMV (e.g., driver’s license, car registration)

HOW WILL EVERY POLLING SITE HAVE THE POLLBOOKS WITH A LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS?
In some counties, only one poll site will be available for early voting and that may be the county Board of Elections’ office. In some counties where there is more than one poll site for early voting, you will be assigned to a specific early voting site. (This poll site may be different from your usual poll site where you would vote on election day.) In other counties, you will be allowed to visit ANY poll site to vote early and at those poll sites, there will likely be electronic poll books which will have all voters in that county listed; and you will sign in by your name on the electronic poll book (computer.)

WILL THE BALLOT LOOK THE SAME AT EARLY VOTING POLL SITES AND GENERAL ELECTION DAY POLL SITES?
Yes, the ballot at an early voting poll site will be identical to the ballot provided on
election day. A sample ballot will be posted at each poll site, it may also available on the website of your county Board of Elections.

WHEN WILL MY VOTE BE COUNTED IF I VOTE EARLY?
Ballots submitted at an early poll site will be counted on the election day. The statute permits counties to begin counting early voting ballots no earlier than 8pm on the election day (primary or general).

CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE IF I VOTE EARLY?
No, once you submit your ballot in person, at an early voting poll site, you cannot vote again at an early voting poll site or at your usual poll site on the election day. Once you submit your ballot, you have completed voting and cannot change your vote.

VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

CAN I VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
You can vote by absentee ballot:

  • If you are ill or a caregiver to someone who is ill
  • If you will be absent from the County on election day
  • If you are a resident or patient of a VA Hospital
  • If you are detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action, or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony

If you are eligible, you can apply for an absentee ballot, complete the application and mail it in by deadline. An absentee ballot will be mailed to you to complete and return to your county board of elections. Then if you can actually get to the polls, you can vote in person and your absentee ballot will not be counted.

DID ABSENTEE VOTING CHANGE WITH THE GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS?
The dates to apply for an absentee ballot have been changed to coincide with the dates of the June 23rd primary but the rules around voting via absentee have not changed. 

  • June 16 is the last day to postmark application for the primary ballot. (Absentee ballot applications are available here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html)
  • June 22 is the last day to apply in person for primary ballot at your county board of elections.
  • June 22 is the last day to postmark ballot, it must be received by the county board of elections no later than June 30th.
  • June 23 is the last day to deliver primary ballot in person to county board, by close of polls.

AT THE POLL SITES

WHAT IF MY NAME IS NOT IN THE PAPER POLL BOOK OR ELECTRONIC POLL BOOK?
If you are at an early voting poll site or at your usual poll site on an election day, and your name is not in the poll book (either paper book or electronic pollbook), ask to complete an affidavit ballot (sometimes called a provisional ballot). Make sure you are at the correct poll site for your address (either in early voting or on election day), and if so, do not leave without completing an affidavit ballot. After the election day, the county Board of Elections’ (BOE) office will research your registration and count your affidavit ballot, if you are a qualified voter. You should follow up with a call or visit to your county BOE to confirm that your ballot was counted. In certain counties, including NYC, the BOE will send you a letter advising you whether or not your vote was counted.

MOVING DURING AN ELECTION PERIOD

WHAT IF I MOVED OR AM MOVING?
One of the other reforms passed by the Legislature last year was a statewide voter registration transfer, also known as “Registration Portability.” This law requires the Board of Elections to transfer registration and enrollment of a voter appearing on a statewide voter list to wherever the voter moves within the state. So if you move, even to a different county in NYS, and your new county has not been notified of your change of address, you can vote on an affidavit ballot at the poll site of your new address, and your affidavit ballot will be counted once your new address is verified. As this is a new law, we strongly recommend that if you move, you submit a voter registration form with your new information or visit MyDMV to change your registration online (see above). If you have a driver’s license or motor vehicle registration and need to file a form with the Department of Motor Vehicles to change your address, you can notify the Board of Elections of your address change at the same time by checking “yes” for that option on DMV’s Form MV-232.

Also, if you go to vote either during early voting or on an election day, and your name is not in the poll book, fill out an affidavit ballot. You will be prompted to enter your new address on the affidavit ballot envelope.