New York

Registered voters do not need to provide an ID when they vote, except for some first-time voters.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in New York

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in New York

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
No ID is required to vote in New York

COVID-19 Update

Risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the 2020 General Election.

If you determine it is unsafe to vote in person due to the pandemic, mark the box on your absentee ballot application that reads: “temporary illness or physical disability”

New York ID Requirements for Voting In Person

You do not need your ID when you vote in person in New York.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in New York, please see the federal ID requirements for first-time voters. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

New York ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the 2020 General Election.

You do not need a copy of your ID when you vote by mail in New York.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in New York, please see the federal ID requirements for first-time voters. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible to vote absentee, you must meet one of the following:

  • You will be absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the city, on Election Day.
  • You will be unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability
  • You are the primary caregiver of one or more who are ill or have a physical disability.
  • You are a resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • You are detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
  • Temporary Illness or Physical Disability

DUE TO COVID-19: Risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the 2020 General Election.

 

You do not need a copy of your ID when you vote by mail in New York.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in New York, please see the federal ID requirements for first-time voters. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your signature on file with the state.

 

If there is a defect in your mail-in ballot, the board of elections will notify you within one day of rejection, explaining why your ballot was rejected.

The notice will tell you how to cure the deficiency and will include an affirmation form, which must be returned by you within 7 days of the board’s mailing of the notice of the defect to you (or, for only the 2020 general election, 5 days if your absentee ballot is received after November 3).

If your affirmation corrects the defect, your ballot will be counted.

If the board finds your affirmation to be insufficient to cure the defect, you will be notified within 3 days.

If your absentee ballot affirmation envelope arrives unsealed, the board will inform you of alternative options for voting or, if time permits, provide you with a new absentee ballot.