With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting in New York begins in 5 days on October 24, 2020.

You have until November 1, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

  • New Yorkers can vote early for the November 3, 2020 general election.
  • Early voting starts on October 24, and runs until November 1, 2020.
  • There are nine days of early voting prior to Election Day.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in New York, but 100% of voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
  • If you are requesting a ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, you must use the "temporary illness or physical disability" excuse on the absentee ballot application.
  • New York voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of August 2020.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

New York voters must provide their New York driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in New York you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of New York and the county, city, or village for at least 30 days before Election Day
  • be at least 18 years old by December 31 of the year you register and at least 18 years old by Election Day (you may pre-register if you are at least 16)
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, you must have completed prison and parole. If still on parole, your voting rights may have been restored by the governor; check your rights restoration status here: https://publicapps.doccs.ny.gov/ParoleeLookup/default
  • not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere

Can I register online?

New York voters must include their New York driver's license number or state ID number and the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here