- US Citizens
- 18 years of age or older
- A resident of the state for at least 30 days
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Here is the important information New Yorkers need to know to make their voices heard.
Who can vote?
Can I vote with a criminal record in New York State?
You can register to vote if you:
- Have a criminal record and have completed any sentences or parole in the past.
- Are currently on probation for a felony or misdemeanor conviction.
- Are currently incarcerated for a misdemeanor conviction or are in jail awaiting trial for any charge.
- Are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction AND have also received a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities for that specific conviction.
- Are currently on parole or post-release supervision for a felony conviction AND have also received either a NY State Conditional Pardon, a Certificate of Good Conduct or a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities for that specific conviction.
You cannot vote if you:
- Are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction UNLESS you have received a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities for that specific conviction.
- Are currently on parole or post-release supervision for a felony conviction UNLESS you have received either a NY State Conditional Pardon, a Certificate of Good Conduct or a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities for that specific conviction.
Voting early in New York State
- You can cast your ballot at early voting sites for the November 3rd general election.
- Early voting is available from Saturday, October 24, 2020 through Sunday, November 1, 2020.
- Early voting locations may differ from your normal polling location. Find your early voting location here.
Election Day is November 3rd 2020
Visit your regular polling site on November 3rd, 2020 between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. As long as you are in line by 9 p.m. you are guaranteed to vote.
Find your regular polling place on the NY State Board of Elections website.
Absentee voting in New York State
To request an absentee ballot, registered voters should visit New York State Board of Elections website.
An online request must be received by Board of Elections no later than October 27, 2020. You can request an absentee ballot in person at your local county Board of Election no later than November 2, 2020.
Once you receive an absentee ballot, you can cast your vote in any of the following ways:
- Mail, ensuring it is postmarked by November 3, 2020.
- Drop off at your local County Board of Elections by November 3, 2020.
- Drop off at an Early Voting Site Drop off at poll site on Election Day.
Make sure your vote counts
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote.
Election Protection provides comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. Election Protection helps voters make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources including a suite of voter helplines administered by coalition members:
English: 866-OUR-VOTE (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law)
Spanish/English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA (NALEO Educational Fund)
Arabic/English: 844-YALLA-US (Arab American Institute)
Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE (APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
Election Protection volunteers also provide voter information, document problems they encounter when voting and work with partners and volunteers on the ground to identify and remove barriers to voting. For more information visit their website.
Additional voting resources
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.