This site will be updated in 2022 for the June primary election.

Voting is a right, not a privilege.

We all have the right to make our voices heard. Know your rights before you cast your vote so you can advocate for yourself and others.

 

What are my rights as a voter?

Registration

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • A registered voter
  • At least 18 years old 
  • A US citizen
  • In line at your poll site by the time it is scheduled to close

At your poll site

You have the right to:

  • Ask a poll worker for help
  • Use an interpreter if you need language assistance
  • Bring any voting materials with you 
  • Vote even if the voting machine is broken
  • Vote by affidavit ballot if your name is missing from the list of voters at your polling site
  • Not show an ID if you are not a first time voter

At work

  • You have the right to take two paid hours off from work at the beginning or end of your shift if polls are open for less than 4 hours before your shift starts and after it ends. 
    • That means on Election Day, you can take paid time off if you are scheduled to start work before 10am and end work after 5pm. You must notify your employer at least two days before you plan to vote.

Voting Rights of the Formerly Incarcerated

If you are currently on probation or parole, you have the right to vote. 

Learn more about rights of the formerly incarcerated

Top FAQs

Who should I call if there’s an issue at my poll site?

You can call the NYC Board of Elections about any issues at your poll site. Call 1-866-Vote-NYC (1-866-868-3692).

TTY-212-487-5496

Who can I contact if my rights, or someone else’s, are being violated?

You can contact the Election Protection hotline to speak with a trained Election Protection volunteer and get free legal support. Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

How can I check if I’m registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status, which political party you are enrolled in, and your political district information by using the NYS Voter Lookup tool. Check your registration.