New York City Voter Registration Deadline Looms Tomorrow
If New Yorkers want to vote on Nov. 2, when the city’s new mayor will be elected: they have to register by the end of the day, tomorrow.
Early voting in New York City runs from Oct. 23 to 31.
New Yorkers can register to vote in-person by filling out paper forms at any of the Board of Elections (BOE) borough offices from 9am to 9pm. The BOE office in Brooklyn is located at 345 Adams Street, and at the executive office, where voters can also register at 32-42 Broadway, 7th Floor, in Manhattan, from 9am to 5pm.
Alternately, voters can download paper forms, print them out, fill in the required information, and then mail them in: postmarked no later than Oct. 8.
The forms also must be received by the BOE by Oct. 13.
Because the BOE added that it will not accept forms with digital signatures, voters should remember that they need to sign their voter registration forms by hand.
The only way to register online in New York State is through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), but voters must do so tomorrow because time is running out.
Also, the process may take longer than one needs to be registered before Nov. 2.
“Please allow up to six weeks to hear from the Board of Elections in your County or City,” the DMV’s website says. “If after six weeks you have not heard from them, contact them at the phone number or address provided on the New York State Board of Elections website.”
To register online, voters must have New York DMV-issued driver's licenses, permits, or non-driver identification cards. Voters also will also need to provide the last four digits of their social security numbers and their zip codes that are currently on file with the DMV.
Voters should keep in mind that the DMV is not actually processing voter registration forms, but the agency is just collecting voters’ information that it will transfer to the BOE.
Local BOEs are supposed to contact voters once their registration has been process, according to the DMV’s website.
All U.S. citizens, 18 or older can register and vote. Residents must have lived in the areas in which they want to vote for at least 30 days before the election, cannot be imprisoned for felony convictions, ruled mentally incompetent by a court, or claim the right to vote elsewhere.
While they will not be permitted to vote until they are 18, 16 and 17-year-olds can pre-register.