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The Deadline to Register to Vote is Friday. Here's How to Do It

By Rebecca Ngu | March 24, 2016 1:48pm
 The last day to register to vote is tomorrow, March 25. You can register online, via mail, or in-person. The New York primary will take place on Tuesday, April 19.
The last day to register to vote is tomorrow, March 25. You can register online, via mail, or in-person. The New York primary will take place on Tuesday, April 19.
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If you still haven't registered to vote, you still can! But hurry up — Friday is your last chance.

The New York primary is on Tuesday, April 19, but the last day to register to vote in it is March 25th. However, if you wanted to switch political parties or register for one — especially since New York practices closed primaries — the deadline unfortunately passed back in October 9, 2015. 

If you are not registered, here are three quick, simple ways you can register in New York: online, mail, or in-person.


This is the fastest and likely easiest way to register. Visit the MyDMV website and sign in or create an account. Once you're in, click on "Electronic Voter Registration Application" and fill out the appropriate information. Make sure that your personal information is up-to-date before submitting your application. Visit the Change of Name or Change of Address pages to update any information.


You can print out and complete a voter registration form and mail it on Friday to your local New York County Board of Elections. The form will be accepted as long as it is postmarked by March 25. You can also obtain registration forms from libraries, post offices, and most New York City government agencies. Mail it to New York County Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10004.

If you're downtown, you can also drop off the form at the office, which will be open until midnight tomorrow. 


You can register to vote at your local New York County Board of Elections office or at any of these New York State agencies. You must have a physical copy of the New York voter registration form when you arrive. You can download the form in English here. 

The office locations are listed below. All of their hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bronx: 1780 Grand Concourse, 5th Floor, 718-299-9017

Brooklyn: 345 Adams St., 4 Floor, 718-797-8800

Manhattan: 200 Varick St., 10 Floor, 212-886-2100

Queens: 118-35 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, 718-730-6730

Staten Island: 1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Floor, 718-876-0079

If you want to vote in the primary but will be away or cannot make it to the polls due to illness or disability, you should cast an absentee ballot. You can do that either in-person or by mail.

To vote by mail, download an absentee ballot application and fill it out. Mail it to your local Board of Elections borough office. The last day to postmark an application is April 12, or at least seven days before the election.

To vote in-person, you can fill out an application and submit it to your local Board of Elections office. The offices also provide absentee ballot applications. The last day to apply in-person is April 18, or at least one day before the election. 

For more information, visit online the City Board of Elections, the DMV, or the State Board of Elections. You can also contact the New York Board of Elections at 800-367-8683.