Get Ready To Vote in November

The general election is coming up on November 8—it’s time to get ready to vote!

Voters in New York will elect the New York State Governor, members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, members of the State Senate and Assembly, and many other State offices.

Voters will also have a say in New York City ballot measures and New York State ballot measures this fall.

Ranked Choice Voting will not be used in the November General Election.

Any registered voter can vote regardless of registered party. Visit https://www.voting.nyc or TurboVote to register to vote.

Take some time to make sure you are registered. If you’re not sure that you are registered to vote, you can check your status here or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) (TTY-212-487-5496 for the hearing impaired).

Register early—September 20 is National Voter Registration Day! On that day, all of our library locations will have voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms available for you to pick up.

The deadline to register to vote is Friday, October 14. Make sure to register so that your voice is heard!

 

Important Dates

National Voter Registration Day: Tuesday, September 20
Voter Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (online): Monday, October 24 (request an absentee ballot)
Early Voting: Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, November 6
General Election Day: Tuesday, November 8

 

FAQs About Voting

How do I register to vote?

  • Visit https://www.voting.nyc or TurboVote online to register.
  • Visit your local Board of Elections (BOE) office in person.
  • Mail in a registration form. You can pick one up at your local library or local Board of Elections (BOE) office.
  • If you are experiencing homelessness, you can register and vote. Your home address should be where you stay at night, whether it is a street corner, shelter, or any other location. This decides where you vote. Your mailing address does not have to be your home/residential address, and can be the address of a shelter, outreach center, or other place willing to receive your mail.
  • If you are in jail for a misdemeanor or on probation, you can register and vote. As of May 2021, all New Yorkers after a felony conviction can, upon release from prison, immediately register to vote without special documentation. Learn more about your rights.

 

How can I check my registration?

 

How can I make a plan to vote?

To find your poll site and early voting sites, visit here or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC.

If you have language or other access needs, know your rights. You have the right to bring an interpreter, or someone to help you vote in general. Accessible ballot applications are here.

To request an absentee ballot, go online, visit your local BOE office in person, or send in a form by mail. You can track your absentee ballot here.

  • Absentee ballot request deadline (online): Monday, October 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline (in person): Monday, November 7
  • Deadline to return absentee ballot: Tuesday, November 8
  • Deadline for Board of Elections to receive absentee ballots: Tuesday, November 15
    • The Board of Elections must receive your absentee ballot by this date. However, your ballot must be postmarked by November 8 to be valid.

 

For other non-partisan information, call or visit these organizations.

NYC Board of Elections: https://www.vote.nyc or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC

NYC Votes: https://www.voting.nyc

DemocracyNYC: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/democracynyc/index.page (voter resource guides available in more than 20 languages)

League of Women Voters NYC: https://linktr.ee/lwvnyc

VOTE411: https://www.vote411.org

Disability Rights New York: https://www.drny.org

Coalition for the Homeless: https://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/get-help/know-your-rights/voting-rights

 

Queens Public Library’s voter education and engagement activities are made possible by the GoVoteNYC Fund in The New York Community Trust.