A How-To Guide for Registering To Vote
Enrolling in a political party is optional. However, if you wish to vote in a political party’s primary elections, you must enroll in that political party. If you switch political parties, you cannot vote in your new party’s primary until after the first general election after your switch. Thus, if you switch party affiliation before the 2012 general election, you may vote in your new party’s primary in 2013. However, if you switch after the 2012 general election, you cannot vote in your “new” party’s primary until 2014.
Confirmation of Registration
You will receive an official postcard from the Board of Elections in the mail indicating your election district, polling place and schedule for voting. You will also be sent a Voter’s Identification Card. If either card is not received within two weeks of registering, call the Board of Elections hot line at (212) VOTE-NYC.
Who Can Register?
In order to be eligible to register to vote you must be:
Voting is the foundation upon which our democracy rests. The vote is our voiceand it should be used loudly and regularly. Use your voice. Vote!
How Do I Register?
Registering to vote is easy to do.
The City University of New York makes voter registration forms available to all CUNY students when they register for classes. Ask about voter registration and the collection of application forms at your campus.
You can also obtain a form, fill it out and mail it in yourself. You don’t even need a stamp. It’s as simple as that.
To get your voter registration form by mail, or for more information about voting, please call or visit the following websites:
How To Obtain An Absentee Ballot Application?
If you cannot get to your poll site on Election Day you may qualify to vote by absentee ballot. You can vote by absentee ballot if you are temporarily or permanently ill/disabled, or if you are out of town on Election Day for business, vacation, school or similar circumstances. Please be advised that there are separate applications for both the primary and general elections. You may download the absentee ballot here <pdf>, or call the Voter Assistance Unit, NYC Campaign Finance Board at (212) 306-7100 or the Board of Elections at (212) VOTE-NYC for more information.