ALBANY -- New Yorkers must be registered to vote by Oct. 14 in order to cast their ballots in the upcoming presidential election.
Voters will head to the polls Nov. 8, when the presidency, congressional seats and all state legislative districts will be up for grabs.
In order to vote, however, New York residents have to register by the mid-October cutoff date.
Those registering to vote or changing their enrollment information can do so by utilizing the state’s online voter registration service managed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, which can be found at voterreg.dmv.ny.gov.
Those registering online must provide information from their state-issued ID, as well as their date of birth, current zip code, last four digits of their social security number and an email address. This information is used for security purposes.
Voters can register in person at their county board of elections or at a variety of state agency offices, including all SUNY campuses and the Department of Labor. To register by mail, a voter registration form must be mailed by Oct. 14 and received by your county board of elections by Oct. 19.
The state DMV launched online voter registration in 2012. Since then, the MyDMV system has processed more than 467,000 applications, with over 182,500 coming from first-time voters, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
The completed online applications are sent to the county-level board of elections to be reviewed.
To check voter registration status, New Yorkers can visit the New York State Board of Elections' website.