Here’s how you can vote in the 2020 general election

Here’s how you can vote in the 2020 general election Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: September 02, 2020 12:33 PM
Created: September 02, 2020 12:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — From absentee and mail-in ballots to in-person voting, New Yorkers have several options to cast their ballots in the upcoming presidential election. 

New York is allowing citizens to vote by mail to decrease the number of people at the polls and reduce the spread of the coronavirus during election season. 


As Election Day quickly approaches, here’s a breakdown of the important dates you need to know.

Voter Registration Deadlines

Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 9 and received by a board of elections no later than Oct. 14 to be eligible to vote in this year's general election. 

You may register at your local board of elections no later than Oct. 9. If honorably discharged from the U.S. Military or have become a naturalized U.S. citizen after Oct. 9, you can register in person at the board of elections until Oct. 24.

Notices of change of address from registered voters received by Oct. 14 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in time for the general election. 

Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines

  • Oct. 27 - Last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark application by mail for an absentee ballot. To ensure mail-in ballots are counted, the USPS recommends voters mail them at least 15 days prior to their due date.
  • Nov. 2 - Last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot
  • Nov. 3 - Last day to postmark absentee ballot. It must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 10. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 16.
  • Nov. 3 - Last day to deliver absentee ballot in-person to the local board of elections or any poll site.

Early Voting

Early voting will take place from Oct. 24 through Nov. 1. Click on your county's board of elections site below for early voting sites and times. 

Voting on Election Day

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. If there is a line at closing time, anyone in line prior to 9 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

To confirm the location of your Election Day polling place, visit the New York State Board of Elections website.

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