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COVID-19 Voting Update: Registered voters can now cite “risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19” as a reason to vote absentee in the general election. Voters should check the “temporary illness or disability” box on their absentee ballot application to cite COVID-19 concerns as their reason.

[updated September 4, 2020]


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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 right now if you’re not sure whether you’re registered or not.

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 9th if you want to vote in November.

Then, you get to do the fun part: voting. If you’re going to 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, you have the option to vote by mail. 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 27th, 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 3rd. But there’s another way to vote early in New York that’s new this election, and it’s available to everyone, whether you’ll be in town on election day or not. From October 24th to November 2nd, you can vote early in person—the locations and times vary depending on where you live so use the link in the description to find out when and where you can vote early.

If you want to wait until election day on November 3rd, you can head 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 can also get ready by looking at 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’re allowed to 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 take a screenshot or print it out and bring it to the polls with you so that 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 gonna register, what time you’re gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re gonna use if you need one, even who you’re gonna 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 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration, vote absentee, or find your polling location are in the description. Thank you for voting.

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