Here's how to register to vote

The final day to register to vote in New York's primary election is quickly approaching.

On Sept. 12, New Yorkers who have registered with a particular party can cast their vote on who should represent that party on the general election ballot come November.

The deadline to mail in your registration for the primary is Aug. 18, and it must be received by the city Board of Elections by Aug. 23. To register in person at a local Board of Elections office in time for the primary, you must do so by Aug. 18.

For those who don't want to register with a particular party but want to vote in the general election, you have a little more time. The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 7 general election is Oct. 13, with mailed registrations arriving to the city BOE by no later than Oct. 18.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is up for re-election this year. Public Advocate Letitia James is also running for re-election, and several City Council seats are being contested. 

Here are three ways that you can register in New York City. Check here if you aren't sure whether or not you're registered.


-If you have a New York State ID, you can register on the Department of Motor Vehicles website, using its online Voter Registration Application. The DMV will forward the form to your county Board of Elections for processing. To register, you will need your DMV-issued driver's license, permit or Non-Driver ID; your zip code that is on record with the DMV; and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

By mail

-If you don't have a state ID, go to the New York Board of Elections website to download the Voter Registration Form.

-You can either fill out the form online or after you print it, but you must sign it once it has been printed. Send the completed form to your county's Board of Elections address. The addresses are listed on the second page of the document.

-The form must be postmarked by Aug. 18 in order to be processed for the primary and by Oct. 13 for the general election. 

-You can also update information, such as your address, with the same form. 

In person

-You can also register at your county's Board of Elections office (addresses here), a DMV center or the offices of one of these agencies.


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