REGISTER to VOTE
You must have registered by August 15
to vote on September 9.
GENERAL ELECTION--TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in all NYS Counties
Last day to register by mail, postmarked by October 10th, received by October 15th
Last day to register in person October 10th
Last day to postmark application for an absentee ballot: October 28th
Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot November 3rd
Last day to postmark the absentee ballot and date it must be received by your County Board of Elections, Postmarked: November 3rd, Received by November 11th
Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to your County Board of Elections: November 4th
VOTER INFO HOTLINE: 1-800-367-8683/VOTER INFORMATION FOR TDD/TTY CALL THE NEW YORK STATE RELAY 711
Are you registered to vote in New York State?
All about Voting in New York State
Registering to Vote in NYS--Qualifications include: be a US citizen; be 18 years old by 12/31 of the year in which you file the form; be 18 years old by the date of the election you wish to vote in; live at your present address at least 30 days before an election; not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction; and not claim to right to vote elsewhere. For the forms or for more information, please visit: http://www.elections.state.ny.us/Voting.html
What if I Move?--If you are already registered, your change of address must be received by the Board of Elections by October 15th to vote in the General Election. You can do this by filling out a new Voter Registration Form. If you move within your county and cannot notify your board of elections, you can go to the polling place for your new address and vote by affidavit ballot.
What is an Affidavit Ballot--An Affidavit Ballot, is a paper ballot, and it is used when a voter's name has been omitted from the computer generated pollbook. The voter must swear that they are a registered voter and provide current and previous address.
Absentee Voting--Qualifications include: unavoidable absent from your county on Election Day; unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability; a patient in a Veterans' Administration Hospital; detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony. For the forms or for more information, please visit: http://www.elections.state.ny.us/Voting.html
Military Voting--Persons serving in the military may vote from their designated "home of record", regardless of where they may be stationed. If that address was in New York, your completed application should be sent to the board of elections in the county of your "home of record." For the forms or for more information, please visit: http://www.fvap.gov/
Federal Voting--U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. are entitled to vote from their last U.S. address. If that address was in New York, your completed application should be sent to the board of elections in the county in which you lived, prior to moving oversees. Your application will register you and also serve as your absentee ballot application. For the forms or for more information, please visit: http://www.fvap.gov/
Know Your Voting Machine--http://www.vote-ny.com/
Here you will find the information you need about the election process and the voting machines available in your specific polling place. The NYS Board of Elections hopes that these resources will answer any voting questions you have and will provide you with a better understanding of what to expect when you arrive at your polling place on Election Day.
Brennan Center for Justice--Student Voting Rights
The Twenty-Sixth Amendment gives 18 to 21 year olds a voice in our democracy. Students who leave home to attend college should have the right to choose where they vote. In most states it is possible for students to make this choice, but the laws governing voting eligibility can be tricky, confusing, or downright restrictive. Please visit the Brennan Center for Justice for more information: http://www.brennancenter.org/studentvoting
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