October 13, 2016
Voter registration closes this Friday, October 14th. Meaning that, to vote in the 2016 general election on November 8th, you have to register by Friday either in-person, online (with Who’s On The Ballot) or by mail to vote in the 2016 general election on November 8th.
Friday is also the deadline to declare or change your party affiliation (Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Green, etc.) to be eligible to vote in the 2017 primaries. You’re probably thinking, “Who cares what my party affiliation is?” But it’s actually very important. If you have an opinion (and we assume you do since you’re a New Yorker) on whether Bill de Blasio should keep his post as NYC’s Mayor, then it is in your interest to be registered for your preferred party so you can vote in next year’s primary.
Registering To Vote
All you need to register online is a New York State ID and the last 4 numbers of your social security number. Check your status to be safe, then register if you aren’t already. Registration must be completed by Friday, October 14.
Friday, October 14th is the last day an application must be received by the Board of Elections to be eligible to vote in the general election.
If honorably discharged from the military or you become a naturalized citizen after Friday, October 14th, you have until Saturday, October 29th to register in person at the Board of Elections.
Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Friday, October 14th and received by Wednesday, October 19th.
Declaring Your Party Affiliation
If you are already registered to vote but interested in joining a party or changing your party affiliation for the 2017 primaries, you must submit a new voter registration form by Friday, October 14th. If you are registered to vote without a party affiliation, you won’t be able to cast a ballot in the primary elections next September.
Please note, your party enrollment will not be in effect for the upcoming general election (though, of course, you can still vote).