Why are New Yorkers voting in two primary elections this year? After New York’s highest court struck down the State Legislature’s proposed Congressional and state Senate maps, the district lines had to be redrawn and the corresponding primaries postponed. 

The gubernatorial and State Assembly primary election will be held on June 28th, while the Congressional and State Senate primaries will be held on August 23rd.

  • Report any trouble to our nonpartisan hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE
  • Check your registration. You must be registered in a political party to vote in that party’s primary.
  • There is no voter ID law in NYS, you do not need to bring an ID to vote.
  • Due to redistricting, you may be in a new Congressional, State Senate or State Assembly district. Check to see what’s on your ballot before you go to make sure you receive the ballot you’re entitled to:
  • New York City voters: ​​You will not be able to use Ranked Choice Voting in the primaries. RCV is only used in local municipal elections in New York City.

Voting on Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Judges and State Assembly.

Early Voting

Election Day, June 28th

  • Polls will be open from 6 am – 9 pm.
  • Find your polling location: 
  • If you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote! 
  • If you’re a registered voter and you arrive at the poll site, but your name is not on the rolls, cast an affidavit ballot. Your vote may count and your registration will be automatically updated.

Absentee Voting 

  • All New York residents are eligible to vote absentee due to COVID-19. The deadlines to request an absentee ballot are:
    • By mail, fax, or through the absentee request portal: Monday, June 13th.
    • In person: Monday, June 27th.
  • You can turn in your absentee ballot by:
    • Mailing it and ensuring it is postmarked no later than June 28th.
      • Return postage IS NOT prepaid.
      • Return postage costs one (1) “forever stamp”
    • Bringing it to your County Board of Elections Office no later than June 28th by 9 pm.
    • Bringing it to an Early Voting poll site in your county between June 18th and June 26th.
    • Bringing it to a poll site in your county on June 28th by 9 pm.
  • You can track your absentee ballot here:
  • Please note: Due to recent changes in the law, New Yorkers will no longer be able to cast ballots on voting machines if they have requested an absentee ballot. If you requested an absentee ballot and end up choosing to vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day, you will be issued an affidavit at your polling location. Your affidavit ballot will be kept separate until the election is completed, and if your absentee ballot has been received by the Board of Elections, the affidavit ballot will not be counted. 

Voting for US Congress and State Senate.

  • The deadline to register to vote is Friday, July 29th.
  • The deadline to update your address is Wednesday, August 3rd.

Early Voting

Election Day, August 23rd

  • Polls will be open from 6 am – 9 pm.
  • Find your polling location: 
  • If you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote! 
  • If you’re a registered voter and you arrive at the poll site, but your name is not on the rolls, cast an affidavit ballot. Your vote may count and your registration will be automatically updated.

Absentee Voting

  • All New York residents are eligible to vote absentee due to COVID-19. You can request an absentee ballot here: absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov.
  • The deadlines to request an absentee ballot are: 
    • By mail, fax, or through the absentee request portal: Monday, August 8th.
    • In person: Monday, August 22nd.
  • Once requested, your absentee ballot will be mailed to you before the election.
  • You can turn in your absentee ballot by:
    • Mailing it and ensuring it is postmarked no later than August 23rd.
      • Return postage IS NOT prepaid.
      • Return postage costs one (1) “forever stamp”
    • Bringing it to your County Board of Elections Office no later than August 23rd by 9 pm.
    • Bringing it to an Early Voting poll site in your county between August 13th and August 21st.
    • Bringing it to a poll site in your county on August 23rd by 9 pm.
  • You can track your absentee ballot here:

Please note: Due to recent changes in the law, New Yorkers will no longer be able to cast ballots on voting machines if they have requested an absentee ballot. If you requested an absentee ballot and end up choosing to vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day, you will be issued an affidavit at your polling location.  Your affidavit ballot will be kept separate until the election is completed, and if your absentee ballot has been received by the Board of Elections, the affidavit ballot will not be counted.