My Early Voting RIGHTS
Voter Suppression Is Illegal. A voter's eligibility may be challenged when early voting on the same basis as on Election day. However, abusing the voter challenge process (by bringing bad-faith or baseless challenges) can intimidate and suppress voters and is a crime. If you are the victim of voter suppression, PLEASE document all pertinent facts and report this promptly to the NYS Attorney General's Election Hotline at 800-771-7755 or online; to Election Protection (866-OUR-VOTE); to NYDLC (866-NYDLC-01).
- In addition, please complete this Vote Early NY Incident Form, so our network of pro-voter advocates and voting rights attorneys can follow up. All submissions and personal identifying information will be kept confidential.
- Early Voting DAYS
Local Boards of Elections are required to provide New York voters with nine additional days to cast a ballot in person prior to Election Day. The Early Voting period begins on the second Saturday prior to Election Day and ends on the Sunday prior to Election Day Tuesday (inclusive). Find My Early Voting Options
- Early Voting HOURS OF OPERATION
Local Boards must provide a minimum of eight early voting hours per day on weekdays, between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. All voters must have access until 8:00 pm on at least two weekdays.
Local Boards must provide a minimum of five hours of early voting per day on all weekend days or holidays, between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Counties may provide additional early voting hours, and many do!
- Early Voting LOCATIONS
Local Boards of Elections must provide at least one early voting site for every full increment of 50,000 registered voters, with a maximum requirement of seven sites for more populous counties and a minimum requirement of one site for less populous counties. Many Boards provide additional sites. Click here for current NYS voter registration data by county.
Countywide Early Voting! Outside New York City, voters may visit ANY of the Early Voting Centers in the county where they reside. For 2020, NYC voters are assigned by address to ONE early voting site only.
Greater access is encouraged; less access is prohibited: Localities may provide more Early Voting access (locations and hours) than required, but not less. These minimum safeguards ensure basic access for all voters while providing local flexibility to tailor a program that best meets the needs of residents.
- Key Program DEADLINES
- May 1st. For the General Election, counties must designate early voting sites and hours by May 1st each year. Prior to a Primary or Special Election, early voting sites, hours, and any assignments must be designated at least 45 days prior. This allows the public, press, civic groups, and candidates to assess the plan for equity.
- June 1st. Local Boards must file an annual early voting communications plan. They should use any and all forms of media designed to reach and raise awareness among residents, but they aren't required to do very much. Counties must provide basic early voting programmatic information to local media outlets.
Resource Conservation. For primary or special elections only, a local Board may reduce the number of early voting sites required if the Board determines a lesser number is sufficient to meet the needs of voters.
Countywide Access is the Rule. Outside New York City, voters may visit ANY Early Voting Center in the county where they reside. However, in limited circumstances of technical “impracticality”, a local board may decide to restrict access and "assign election districts" to one or more early voting sites. However, all voters must still have equal access to early voting (i.e., the minimum required days and hours outlined above must be available to all voters). As of October 2020, only NYC restricts voters to ONE assigned early voting site.
Election Integrity Safeguard. All ballots and scanners used for early voting must be secured during the full early voting period through the close of polls on Election Day. Early voting ballots are counted and canvassed in the same manner as on Election Day. They may not be tabulated prior to Election Day night, nor may unofficial results be tabulated or released sooner.
E-Poll Books Approved in NYS. The New York State Board of Elections has approved three Electronic Poll Book vendors that are in use in New York. Click below to access each SBOE Vendor Assessment Report.