FAQS FOR NY19 VOTERS
How do I find my Polling station?
To find your polling location from the official New York State site please click here. Please note that you will need to enter your County and Zip code.
Am I registered to Vote?
To check your New York State voter registration status please click on this link and enter your personal details.
I am handicapped, and cannot get to the Polls, how do I vote?
You will need to fill in an absentee ballot. To get an absentee ballot please fill in the form by clicking here. Please check the New York State absentee ballot deadlines at the bottom of this page. If you have a long-term or permanent illness or disability, you can apply for a permanent absentee ballot and you will automatically receive one before each primary, special and general election. Click here for more information on absentee voting.
I won’t be in town that day, what do I do?
You will need to fill in an absentee ballot. To get an absentee ballot please fill in the form by clicking here. Please check the absentee ballot county deadlines at the bottom of this page.
I have no way of driving to the polls, is there help for me?
When We All Vote is teaming up with Lyft and Uber to help people to get to the polls. Please download the Uber or Lyft App to your phone to find out how to schedule a discounted or free ride to the polls.
If you are still having trouble finding a ride please fill in this form and we will do our best to match you with a driver in your area to make sure you get to the polls on Election Day.
It’s been a long time since I last voted. I forgot how it works. Can you remind me?
Check your registration and poll site as instructed above. On Tuesday November 6th, polls are open 6am -9pm. Make a plan to get to the polls.
On the actual day, when you arrive at your poll site, you'll see tables for one or more election districts. At the table for your election district an inspector will ask you to sign above a facsimile of your original signature on an alphabetical poll-list. As long as you are registered, you will be on their list.*
You will then be handed a blank ballot in a folder and directed to a small private booth to fill in your ballot.
To select your candidates just fill in the circle next to their names with the provided pen. Fill it in like this: ⚫
Instructions are clearly marked on the ballot. Click on this sample ballot (2018 Columbia County sample) to see what it looks like and how the rows are organized. Row A which is highlighted in this sample is the Democratic line in this coming election.
Once you have completed this, you will walk over to your poll sites’ scanning machine, into which you will feed your completed ballot. Poll workers can provide help with the scanner if you have any trouble. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you need it.
Once your ballot has been accepted by the scanner, you have successfully voted.
*What happens if I am not on the list at the poll , even though I checked my registration?
If for some reason you have checked your registration, (above) and you are not on the list when you get to the polls, please don’t panic. Ask the inspector to verify that you are at the proper table for your address. Make sure that it is your correct Election and Assembly District.
If you believe that you are eligible, you can still vote. Ask for an affidavit ballot. After the election, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will check its records and your vote will be counted if you are indeed eligible to vote and are at the correct poll site. If not, you will receive a notice that you are not eligible, along with a registration application for future elections. Do not leave if you think you are eligible, all registered voters are able to vote.
I want more information on some of the questions above where do I find it?
Click this link here for more details on the NY State Board of Elections “Frequently Asked Questions” page.
What are the deadlines for absentee ballot applications?
Wednesday, Oct 30: Postmark deadline to request an absentee ballot application from your County Board of Elections.
Monday, Nov 5: Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot at your County Board of Elections.
Monday, Nov 5: Postmark deadline to mail a filled-out absentee ballot to your County Board of Elections.
If you are mailing your application on November 5, please have a postal clerk postmark your application before dropping it in a mailbox.
Tuesday, Nov 6: Last day to deliver an absentee ballot in person at your County Board of Elections