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Hi 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 if you’re not sure whether you’re registered or not right now. If you’re not registered, or you need to update your name or address, you can go to the link below and 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 just rather fill out a paper form and mail it in, then you can use the printable form in the description. Either way you choose to register, you have to do it by October 17th. Then, you get to do the fun part: voting.

In most cases, you’re going to be voting in person on November 6th, 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 October 30th, 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 5th.

For everyone else, you can go to the polls between 6am and 9pm, and there’s a link below that you can use to find out where 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. You can get one on your county board of elections’ website – there’s a link in the description to find yours, and it tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for. 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 pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time.

You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget who you wanted to vote for. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use if you need one, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration, vote absentee, or find your polling location are in the description. Thank you for voting.