Early Voting in NY and Other Voting Questions Answered
2019 is the year that early voting in NY becomes a reality! I thought I’d write a post where I address all the questions you may have about early voting in NY!
When does early voting start?
Early voting in NY is starting on Saturday, October 26th. It ends on Sunday, November 3rd.
How can I find out or confirm that I am registered to vote?
Visit the Board of Elections website to find out if you’re registered. https://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/status.shtml
Where do I go to vote?
You can visit https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search to find your early voting polling site.
*Important: you will most likely NOT vote where you normally vote… for example, I vote in my local school, and during early voting my voting site is the Museum of Moving Image, in Astoria.
What information do I need to have in order to vote?
If you have the following info handy, you don’t have to check the lists, you can proceed to your table:
If you want to find out this information before you go vote, go to this site to get the info. https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
Do I need to present an ID to vote?
No, you do not. If you are denied the right to vote because they asked you for ID (in NYC) you should file a complaint with the board of elections.
I can’t vote early! I can’t vote on Election Day! How can I get an absentee ballot?
You can call toll-free 1-866-VOTE-NYC or (212) VOTE-NYC, to request an absentee ballot.
You can also request one by e-mailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you email, you must put your COUNTY on the subject line (Remember: Brooklyn is Kings County!) You can also download this form from the BOE website.
Do I have the right to take time off from work to vote?
According to NY State Law, you can take up to three paid hours off at the beginning or end of your shift to do so. You must notify your employer at least two days before Election Day. (See more info here).
I registered to vote a long time ago, do I have to register again?
Once you register, you are permanently registered unless:
- You are purged from the system — this happens if a vote has inactive status (which means they haven’t voted in two consecutive federal –president– election. If that is the case you have to re-register.
- You can’t vote if you’re convicted of a felony.