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How to vote in New York! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!



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  Hello New York! If you want to vote, first you need to make sure you're registered. There's a link in the description where you can check to see whether or not you're registered. You can do it right now. It's easy. If you're not registered, or you need to update your name and address, you can do that at the link below as well as register online as long as you have a New York driver's license or state ID. If you don’t have a driver's license, or you'd rather just fill out a paper form and mail it in, then you need to use the printable form in the description. Either way you choose to register, you have until October 14th to do it.

Then, you get to do the fun part: the actual voting. In most cases, you're gonna be voting in person on November 8th, but you can vote absentee by mail if you will be out of your county on election day. That includes if you are a student in another state but would prefer to vote in New York, or if you have an illness or disability that prevents you from going to the polls. If either of those apply to you, you can request a ballot by printing out the form in the link below and mailing it in. You can request your ballot any time between now and November 1st, but the sooner you get your form in, the longer you will have to look your ballot over, research candidates, and vote before you send it in by November 8th.

For everyone else, you can go to the polls on November 8th between 6 am and 9 pm. There's a link below that you can use to find out where you should go to go to vote. You won't need to bring an ID with you as long as you provided one when you registered. But if you're a first time voter and you didn't send a proof of ID with your registration form, bring a current photo ID or a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck with your name and address on it.

You should also think about bringing a sample ballot with you. You can get one on your county board of elections' website. There's a link in the description to find yours. It'll tell you everything you'll be able to vote for. Now you don't have to vote for every single item on the ballot. You can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can be very important, so it's worth checking out what's on there ahead of time and filling out your sample ballot so that you remember how you want to vote. All the links you need to check your registration, get registered, vote absentee, or find your polling location are in the description. Thank you for voting.