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Today Is the Deadline to Register to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election

By  Nicole Levy and Rebecca Ngu | August 16, 2016 4:26pm | Updated on October 14, 2016 7:29am

 If you want to vote in privacy booths like these on Nov. 8, make sure you're registered by Oct. 14.
If you want to vote in privacy booths like these on Nov. 8, make sure you're registered by Oct. 14.
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This is your absolute last chance to have a say in the direction this country takes over the next four years.

If you're planning to vote in the nationwide general election this November and haven't yet registered, you have until Friday, Oct. 14 to sign up.

Registered New Yorkers throughout the state will have the opportunity to vote for the next president of the United States on Nov. 8. They can choose among four tickets: Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine; Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence; Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld; and Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

New York voters will also elect one member to the U.S. Senate, with incumbent Democrat Chuck Schumer facing off against three other candidates in the race. 

Voters in seven congressional districts in New York City will elect candidates — one per district — to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

On the Nov. 8 ballot there will also be candidates for the New York State Senate and the State Assembly.

If you're 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 by Friday to your local New York County Board of Elections office. The form will be accepted as long as it is postmarked by Oct. 14 and received by Oct. 19. You can also obtain registration forms from libraries, post offices and most New York City government agencies. Mail them to New York County Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10004.


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, Fifth Floor, 718-299-9017

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

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

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

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

If you want to vote in the primary but you know you won't be able make it to the polls due to travel, illness or disability, you should cast an absentee ballot. You can do that either in-person or by mail.

To apply for an absentee ballot by mail, download an application and fill it out. Mail it to your local Board of Elections borough office. The last day to postmark your application is Nov. 1.

To apply for an absentee ballot in person, you need to submit your application to your local Board of Elections office by Nov. 7. 

To ensure your absentee ballot is counted, make sure it's postmarked by Nov. 7 or delivered in-person to the Board of Elections by the close of polls on Nov. 8.

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.