Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to register?
To register to vote, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen,
- Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file form. (Note: You must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote.)
- Live at your present address for at least 30 days before an election.
- Not be in jail or parole for a felony conviction.
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
- How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote by:
- Using the Voter Registration Form (PDF) on this Web site,
- Stopping by the Political Action Department to pick up a voter registration form, or
- Contacting the Board of Elections at (212) NYC-VOTE.
- Once registered, am I registered forever?
No. You will also need to re-register to vote if:
- You have not voted in the last four years,
- You want to select a political party,
- You want to change your political party,
- You have changed your name, or
- You have moved.
- Why should I enroll in a political party?
If you are enrolled in a political party, you may vote in that party’s primary election and help select the candidates who will run on that party’s ticket in the general election. In addition, you may sign party petitions to get the party candidate on the ballot.
- I am a felon, can I vote?
All individuals who have been convicted of a felony have the right to vote or will have their voting rights restored if he/she is not serving a jail sentence and has completed serving his/her parole for a felony conviction.