Everything you need to know about voting in New York

I initially published this directly my Facebook and Twitter accounts when Early Voting began. I was happy to leave it at that, but Twitter flagged on of the tweets as misleadings.

You’ll be happy to know I’m right and they’re wrong, but now I have to write it here so I can delete the tweet and regain access to my account.


Early voting in NY officially startedSaturday (10/24), at 10am and ends on Sunday (11/01), so here’s everything you need to know.


To vote early, you are required to vote at your designated polling sites. This means that you must know the address at which you’re registered to vote.

Check your voting address

Find your polling location

Want to see what’s on your ballot ahead of time? Check out a sample ballot (these cannot be used for voting).

Have questions? You can contact the Board of Elections by calling 1–866–868–3692, or e-mailing your complete voter address to vote@boe.nyc.ny.us (include your borough in the subject line).

Early voting hours for NYC are:
*NYC has extended early voting hours due to New Yorkers voting so much — way to go!

Saturday, October 24th: 10am — 4pm

Sunday, October 25th: 10am — 4pm

Monday, October 26th: 7am — 3pm

Tuesday, October 27th: 12pm — 8pm

Wednesday, October 28: 12pm-8pm

Thursday, October 29: 10am-6pm

Friday, October 30: 7am-5pm

Saturday, October 31: 7am-5pm

Sunday, November 1: 7am-4pm


If you are unable to go to the poll, Absentee Voting Requests must be completed by Tuesday, October 27th. Apply for an absentee ballot at https://nycabsentee.com/ or by calling 1–866–868–3692, or e-mailing a request with your complete voter address to vote@boe.nyc.ny.us.

If you’re returning your ballot by mail:

  • Use two (2) Forever stamps to ensure delivery. (This was the controversial statement. USPS is supposed to charge the Board of Elections any overages, but in NY, at least, ballots have been sent back. The BoE refuses to confirm what postage is required, so if you want to be safe, two Forever stamps will guarantee delivery).
  • The ballot must be postmarked no later than November 3rd, 2020 and received no later than November 10th.
  • Be sure to sign and date the inside envelope and make sure that the bar code can be seen through the envelope window.


You can drop off your mail-in ballot at any NYC Board of Elections office or Early Voting / Election Day polling site.

You can track the status of your absentee ballot online at https://nycabsentee.com/tracking

Tracking may take up to 72 hours to be entered into the system. For assistance, e-mail absenteehelp@boe.nyc.


Polls will be open on Election Day -Tuesday, November 3rd, from 6am — 9pm.

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