Election Rules

State, Local, and Presidential Primary Election Date: June 23

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 9

New York’s Address Confidentiality Program can help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other similar crimes obtain confidential voter registration. Once enrolled in the program contact the Board of Elections directly to get registered. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons after they are released from incarceration, regardless of parole or probation status, following an executive order from Governor Cuomo.

ID Requirements for Voting: ID is only required for first time voters if no valid ID at the time of voter registration.

Early Voting: Early voting for the 2020 primary election will take place from June 13 – June 21. Early voting for the 2020 general election will take place from October 24 – November 1.

Ranked Choice Voting: Starting in 2021, New York City will use ranked choice voting in city primary and special elections.

Absentee Voting: All voters can request an absentee ballot for the June 23 primary election, and you can now submit the request online or via email. An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters can download the application online and must mail it to their county board of elections at least 7 days before the election or deliver it in person at least 1 day prior to the election. View the excuses and download the application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

New York ranks 20th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

New York Congressional Delegation

New York State Legislature

Voter Turnout

New York had lower voter turnout than the United States overall for both men and women in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size