How to Vote in New York in 2018

Hi New York, If you want to vote, first you
need to make sure you’re registered. There’s a link in the description where
you can check if you’re not sure whether
you’re registered or not right now. If you’re not registered, or you need to
update your name or address, you can go to the link below and register online as long
as you have a New York driver’s license
or state ID. If you don’t have a driver’s license,
or you’d just rather fill out a paper form and mail it in, then you can use the printable
form in the description. Either way you choose to register, you have
to do it by October 17th. Then, you get to do the fun part: voting. In most cases, you’re going to be voting
in person on November 6th, but you can vote absentee by mail if you will be out of your
county on election day – that includes if you are a student in another state but would
prefer to vote in New York, or if you have an illness or disability that prevents you
from going to the polls. If either of those apply to you, you can request
a ballot by printing out the form in the link
below and mailing it in. You can request your ballot any time between
now and October 30th, but the sooner you get your form in, the longer you will have to
look your ballot over, research candidates, and vote before you send it in by November
5th. For everyone else, you can go to the polls
between 6am and 9pm, and there’s a link below that you can use to find out where to
go to vote. You won’t need to bring an ID with you as
long as you provided one when you registered. But if you’re a first time voter and you
didn’t send a proof of ID with your registration form, bring a current photo ID or a utility
bill, bank statement, or paycheck with your
name and address on it. You should also think about bringing a sample
ballot. You can get one on your county board of elections’
website – there’s a link in the description to find yours, and it tells you everything
you’ll be able to vote for. You don’t have to vote for every single
item on the ballot – you can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections
can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking
out what’s on there ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to
the polls with you so you don’t forget who
you wanted to vote for. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open
up your notes app or grab a piece of paper
and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to
register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re
going to use if you need one, even who you’re
going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure
that nothing unexpected stops you from voting
on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration,
vote absentee, or find your polling location
are in the description. Thank you for voting.

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  1. If registering by mail, registration must be postmarked by October 12, received by board of elections by October 17:

  2. I have a more basic question: who gets to vote? My friends moved to NY from abroad 1,5 yrs ago (no US passports). Is there a minimum time spent there? Or do you first need citizenship?

  3. Isn't Voting Day on Tuesday November 6, 2018? Thank you for the sample ballot info so I can research who I want to vote for.

  4. The Kavanaugh hearing was the most disgusting thing that the Democrats could have done! The reason why we need to vote Republican down the line! No more corrupt Democrats!

  5. I followed your link and contacted the New York State and New York City BOE. They don't have sample ballots. Finally called the Leaugue of Women voters and the gave me this website it tells you about all the candidates!

  6. People are being retroactively removed from the voter registry, request a provisional ballot with a receipt (they're required by law to give you one & count it in the election,) if they give you any trouble. Protect your right to vote!

    If there is some sort of clerical error and they say you're not registered or try to get you to leave without voting, do not leave; you still have a right to vote!

    Also, If you're already in line before a voting place closes, they still have to let you vote, it's your right as an American.

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