Register to Vote, How to Vote, Where to Vote

September 24, 2018

Register to vote, check your voting status, learns ways of voting, and more.

You may have the right to vote, but you can’t exercise that right unless your name is on the voter rolls. The General Election falls on November 6, 2018, this year. If you turned 18 recently, changed your name, moved, or haven’t voted in recent elections, then be sure to update your voter registration, or sign up for the first time by the deadlines indicated, below.

One out of nine of Americans has moved in the last year, which makes their former registration outdated. A fitting date to confirm your voter roll status or to register to vote is Tuesday, September 25, which is National Voter Registration Day.

Jump quickly to information about how to vote in your area by clicking where you live, below:
New York City
New York State
New Jersey
Connecticut

New York State Residents (outside New York City)

Voter Registration

The New York State Board of Elections site is the official site to consult on all things related to voting in New York. To see if you are registered to vote in the county you live in, check this page.

You can register to vote in New York State if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States (includes those born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • A resident of New York and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election.
  • 18 years of age by December 31 of the year in which you file the form (you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote).
  • Not serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  • Not deemed mentally incompetent by a court.
  • Not also claiming the right to vote elsewhere.

Here is a New York State Voter Registration fold-up form and envelope. Print, write in your Board of Elections mailing address (all counties’ addresses are listed on form), and use a first class stamp to mail. You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or electronically, via its website if you already have DMV-issued identification.

You can also request a voter registration form by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE; or pick up a form at these state agencies.

Deadlines
Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than October 12, 2018 and received by a Board of Elections no later than October 17, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

You may register in-person at your local Board of Elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year, but to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 12, 2018. If honorably discharged from the US Military or you have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 13, 2018, you may register in person at your county Board of Elections through October 27, 2018.

How to Make Changes to Your Voter Registration Status
Use the voter registration form to update your name or address. Notices of changes from registered voters received at least 20 days before election day (by October 17, 2018) by a county Board of Elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election on November 6, 2018.

Use the voter registration form to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. Note that you can’t change your party enrollment and vote in that party in the same calendar year. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election will be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter’s registration record. An application to change one’s party enrollment for 2019 must be received by the Board of Elections no later than October 12, 2018.

Victims of Domestic Violence
N.Y. Election Law (5-508) allows victims of domestic violence who obtain a court order from NY Supreme Court, Family Court or County Court in the county where they are registered to have their voter registration record kept separate and apart from other registration records and not be made available for inspection or copying by the public or any other person, except election officials acting within the course and scope of their official duties. Under a separate section of the law (11-306), you can also be excused from going to your polling place to vote and get a special ballot. For further information, you should contact your local county Board of Elections for their confidential registration and special ballot procedures.

How Do I Vote?

If you are already registered to vote, you can vote at your polling place on General Election Day (November 6, 2018) or by absentee ballot.

You can get an absentee ballot at your county Board of Elections or download a ballot, and learn more information about who qualifies for absentee voting here.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines:
October 30, 2018: Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.
November 5, 2018: Last day to apply in-person for absentee ballot.
November 5, 2018: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local Board of Elections no later than November 19. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than November 19.
November 6, 2018: Last day to deliver ballot in-person to the local Board of Elections (by someone other than the voter).

Where Do I Vote

To vote in-person, you must go to your local polling place. To find yours, enter your details at this poll-locator site: voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. If you are registered to vote, the search will show your voter district information, your polling location, and confirm your voter registration status on file.

Polling Hours
For the General Election in New York State, the polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Who Represents Me in the U.S. Congress?

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate collectively form the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. One way to find out who represents you is the search tool on whoismyrepresentative.com. To see who represents your particular voting district, enter your zipcode on the site. To search for all Congresspeople representing New York State, select New York State.

The results show your representatives, each with their photograph, name and political party. All have a link that leads to their Washington, DC phone number and mailing address, and their own website.

New York City Residents

Voter Registration

The Board of Elections of New York City serves New York City residents. To see if you are registered to vote in the county you live in, check this New York State site or call 1-866-868-3692 to be connected to your borough’s election office.

You can register to vote in New York State (including New York City) if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States (includes those born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • A resident of New York and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election.
  • 18 years of age by December 31 of the year in which you file the form (you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote).
  • Not serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  • Not deemed mentally incompetent by a court.
  • Not also claiming the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

You can register or update your registration in person at one of five borough offices or by mail; you can do this online if you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. See nyc.gov site for forms in multiple languages, online link and further information. You can also request a voter registration form by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE; or pick up a form at any of these New York State agencies.

Here is a New York State Voter Registration fold-up form and envelope with pre-printed New York City Board of Elections address; no postage stamp is necessary to mail. You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on its website if you already have DMV-issued identification.

Deadlines
Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than October 12, 2018 and received by a Board of Elections no later than October 17, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

You may register in-person at your local Board of Elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 12, 2018. If honorably discharged from the US Military or you have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 13, 2018, you may register in person at your local Board of Elections in New York City up until October 27, 2018.

How to Make Changes to Your Voter Registration Status
Use the voter registration form to update your name or address. Notices of change of address from registered voters received at least 20 days (by October 17, 2018) by a county Board of Elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election on November 6, 2018.

Use the voter registration form to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. Note that you can’t change your party enrollment and vote in that party in the same calendar year. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election will be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter’s registration record. An application to change one’s party enrollment for 2019 must be received by the Board of Elections no later than October 12, 2018.

How Do I Vote?

If you are already registered to vote, you can vote at your polling place on General Election Day (November 6, 2018) or by absentee ballot.

You can get an absentee ballot at your county Board of Elections; download a ballot and learn more information about who qualifies for absentee voting on this New York City Board of Elections page.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines:
October 30, 2018: Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.
November 5, 2018: Last day to apply in-person for absentee ballot.
November 5, 2018: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local Board of Elections no later than November 19. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than November 19.
November 6, 2018: Last day to deliver ballot in-person to the local Board of Elections (by someone other than the voter), by 9 p.m. You can deliver ballots in-person at your local Board of Elections Monday through Friday, 9 a..m. to 5 p.m., and on the weekend prior to the Election Day on Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victims of Domestic Violence
N.Y. Election Law (5-508) allows victims of domestic violence who obtain a court order from NY Supreme Court, Family Court or County Court in the county where they are registered to have their voter registration record kept separate and apart from other registration records and not be made available for inspection or copying by the public or any other person, except election officials acting within the course and scope of their official duties. Under a separate section of the law (11-306), you can also be excused from going to your polling place to vote and get a special ballot. For further information, you should contact your local Board of Elections in New York City for their confidential registration and special ballot procedures.

Where Do I Vote

To vote in-person, you must go to your local polling place. To find yours, enter your address at this poll-locator site: voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. If you are registered to vote, the search will show your voter district information and confirm your voter registration status on file. New York City residents have to click a link on that page for their poll location.

Polling Hours
For the General Election in New York City and across New York State, the polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Who Represents Me?

U.S. Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate collectively form the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. One way to find out who represents you is the search tool on whoismyrepresentative.com. To see for who represents your particular voting district, enter your zipcode on the site. To search for all Congresspeople representing New York State, select New York State.

The results will the representatives, each with their photograph, name and political party. Each person has a link that leads to their Washington, DC phone number and mailing address, and his or her website.

City and State Representatives

To find out your New York City Council District number and representative, your Community Board number and chairperson, and borough officials, use www.mygovnyc.org. Results based on your home address will also show your state representatives who convene in Albany, as well as those in the federal government who represent you. All search results include contact information, websites and social media accounts.

 

New Jersey

Voter Registration

To see if you are registered to vote in the county you live in check this page of Elections.NJ.gov.

You can register to vote in New Jersey if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States (includes those born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • A resident of New Jersey and your county and at your address at least 30 days before the election.
  • 18 years of age by the time of the next election
  • Not serving a jail sentence or be on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court.

Voter registration forms are available online in multiple languages here. Choose your county (or a statewide form for additional language options), and that form will have the local Board of Election address pre-printed on the form. No postage is necessary to mail the form.

To request that a voter registration form be mailed to you, call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837). Indicate your county and you’ll be connected to the appropriate office.

To see the places where you can register in-person, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, click here.

You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on its website if you already have DMV-issued identification.

Deadlines
The registration deadline to vote in the next election in New Jersey is 21 days prior to election day. In the case of the upcoming General Election on November 6, that deadline is October 16, 2018 in New Jersey.

Find information about voting by mail here. To receive a ballot by mail, your application to vote by mail must be received by the County Clerk office 12 days prior to the election or you can go to the office in person until 3 p.m. on November 5, 2018 for the General Election. You can pick up your application and leave your ballot in-person on same day if you like.

How to Make Changes to Your Voter Registration Status
If you have changed your name or New Jersey address, submit a new voter registration application to the Commissioners of Registration office in your county, by mail or in-person.

A registered voter currently affiliated with a political party who wishes to change party affiliation must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form at least 55 days before a primary election. Information and forms in multiple languages are found here.

How Do I Vote?

If you are already registered to vote, you can vote at your polling place on General Election Day (November 6, 2018), or you can vote by mail (absentee ballot).

Find information about voting by mail here. To receive a ballot by mail, your application to vote by mail must be received by the County Clerk office 12 days prior to the election or you can go to the office in person until 3 p.m. on November 5, 2018 for the General Election. You can pick up your application and leave your ballot in-person on same day if you like.

Vote by mail (absentee ballot) deadlines:
October 31, 2018: Last day the County Clerk office will accept mailed requests for vote-by-mail ballot (no later than seven days before election).
November 5, 2018: Last day to apply in-person for vote-by-mail.
November 6, 2018: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local Board of Elections no later than November 8.

Where Do I Vote

To vote in-person, you must go to your local polling place. To find yours, enter your details at this poll-locator page.

If an identifier on your voter registration form was not verifiable, you may be asked at a polling station to provide a form of ID.

Polling Hours
For the General Election in New Jersey, the polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Who Represents Me in the U.S. Congress?

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate collectively form the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. One way to find out who represents you is the search tool on whoismyrepresentative.com. To see for who represents your particular voting district, enter your zip code on the site. Select New Jersey to search for all Congresspeople representing that state.

The results show your representatives, each with their photograph, name and political party. All have a link that leads to their Washington, DC phone number and mailing address, and their own website.

State Representatives

To find out who represents you in the New Jersey Senate and New Jersey General Assembly, see the New Jersey State Legislature site.

 

Connecticut

Voter Registration

Visit www.myvote.ct.gov to use the voter registration look-up tool and polling place locator.

You can register to vote in Connecticut if you are:

  • At least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day.
  • A United States citizen living in Connecticut.
  • Finished with confinement and parole after a felony conviction. (More details)

You can register to vote online or by a Connecticut Voter Registration printable paper form. It is recommended that you enclose a downloaded voter registration application in an envelope, as the US Postal Service cannot guarantee the intact delivery of a form printed on standard office paper.

Deadlines

Connecticut’s deadlines for voter registration is October 30 for in-person and postmark for mailed forms; online voter registrations must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on October 30.

Connecticut does have Election Day voter registration at designated Election Day Registration sites, which is typically the local town or city hall.  After registering there with the official registrar, you will receive a ballot with which to vote and return the ballot to the registrar (do not go to the local polling station).  Election Day Registration sites are open 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Allow time to both register and vote by the 8 p.m. voting deadline. Contact your local Registrar of Voters for more information.

Absentee ballots will be available starting Friday, October 5, and must be received by your local town clerk by the close of polls at 8 p.m. on November 6, 2018, in order to be counted. Visit www.myvote.ct.gov, for more information and links to the absentee ballot application.

How to Make Changes to Your Voter Registration Status
Use the mail-in voter registration form to to update your name or address, or to change your party enrollment. (See form sections 1a and 10). You should receive a confirmation within three weeks. If you do not, contact the Registrar in your town hall.

Note that Connecticut has a three-month waiting period for switching parties. The cut-off dates to register change in party is noon the day before the primary, and 7 days before a General Election.

How Do I Vote?

You can vote at your polling place on General Election Day (November 6, 2018), or you can vote by absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots will be mailed to those who applied for one starting 31 days before an election, or on the 21st day before a primary. Click here to obtain a form, see who qualifies, and learn how the ballots are handled. Military and Overseas voters should see this page.

Absentee Ballot Deadline
Only complete absentee ballots received before the close of polls at 8 p.m. on November 6, 2018 will be counted.

Where Do I Vote

See this page to find out where your polling site is. When you check in at your polling place, you will need to present the proper identification, which varies if you are first-time voter or regular voter.

Polling Hours
Polls are open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and if a voter is in line at 8 p.m., that voter has the right to cast a ballot.

Who Represents Me?

U.S. Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate collectively form the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. One way to find out who represents you is the search tool on whoismyrepresentative.com. To see for who represents your particular voting district, enter your zip code on the site. Select Connecticut to search for all Congresspeople representing that state.

The results show your representatives, each with their photograph, name and political party. All have a link that leads to their Washington, DC phone number and mailing address, and their own website.

State Representatives

To learn who your Connecticut General Assembly representatives are in Hartford, CT, enter your town and street name on the official site of the General Assembly.