We’re just a few weeks away from the New York state midterm elections, taking place on November 6, and today, October 12, is the last day to register online or in person if you want to vote next month.
If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time: all the information you need on how to register, where to go, and how soon you need to get it done is right here. Whether you’re new to New York City, have moved to a different borough, or just simply need a refresher, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re wondering who’s on the ballots, you can catch the full rundown here, but just know that virtually all of New York’s elected officials are up for re-election. Governor Andrew Cuomo is up against Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, and incumbent Kathy Hochul is running against Republican challenger Julie Killian for Lieutenant Governor—just to name a few of the many races happening on November 6.
If you want to make your vote count, you may register in-person at your local board of elections or any state agency that participates in the National Voter Registration Act (the Department of Motor Vehicles or public assistance offices work) through October 12. Applications can also be mailed to the NYS Board of Elections, but must be postmarked no later than October 12 and received by a board of elections no later than October 17.
Of course, in the age of digital everything, you can also register to vote online through the NY DMV. Visit the MyDMV website, and sign in or create an account. You can then register to vote by clicking “Electronic Voter Registration Application.”
If you have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military, or will become a naturalized U.S. citizen after October 13, you can register in person at a board of elections until October 27.
If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day due to being out of state or having a disability, you should apply for an absentee ballot. The last day to have an application or letter of application for an absentee ballot postmarked is October 30 and the last day to apply in person for one is November 5.
To register to vote in New York elections, you must be a U.S. citizen (or born in Puerto Rico, Guam, or U.S. Virgin Islands); be 18 years old; and not claim the right to vote elsewhere, along with a few other stipulations.
If you think you’re registered, but aren’t 100 percent sure, it’s best to double check, which you can do here.