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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

New York: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:23 PM ET

Important News

  • May 6, 2020 Official Update Presidential Primary Election To Go On for June 23

    A court has ruled that New York must hold its June 23 Presidential Primary election, which the Board of Elections sought to cancel over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. *The Board of Elections will not appeal the decision.

  • May 1, 2020 Local Elections Postponed

    Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order that requires any local, village, district, or special district (e.g., fire, library, water, sewer) election scheduled for March, April, May, or June to be postponed until September 15, 2020. The Order also allows voters to request a ballot for the June 23 election by telephone, though all registered voters will still receive an absentee ballot application by mail. 

  • April 24, 2020 Official Update New York to Mail Absentee Ballot Applications

    Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order mandating that the State Board of Elections automatically mail a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot to every active voter eligible to vote in the June 23 election. The Order also cancelled the state assembly and state senate special elections and the special election for Queens Borough President which were to be held on June 23.

  • April 9, 2020 Official Update Governor Announces that All Voters can use Absentee Ballots

    Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order stating that all New York voters will be able to vote absentee for the June 23 election under the temporary illness qualification. The Order also allows for electronic application for an absentee ballot.

  • March 28, 2020 Official Update Governor Delays Primary Elections to June 23

    Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York will move its upcoming presidential primary election to June 23, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

  • April 12, 2020 Official Update Governor Postpones Caucuses

    Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order stating that any political caucus scheduled in April or May will be postponed until June 1, 2020, unless the caucus is able to be held remotely after giving proper public notice.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Friday, May 29, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

    Registration forms sent by mail should be postmarked by May 29. You can also register in person or online on the DMV's website if you have a valid New York state driver's license.

  2. Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Remote Application Deadline

    Applications submitted by mail, email, or fax must be received by your county board no later than the seventh day before the election. For the June election, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot.

  3. Monday, June 22, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot In-person Application Deadline

    Absentee ballot applications can be delivered to your county board in person up until the day before the election.

  4. Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    State and federal primary elections and Special Election to fill a vacancy in Congressional District 27.

  5. Friday, October 9, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

    Registration forms sent by mail should be postmarked by October 9. You can also register in person or online on the DMV's website if you have a valid New York state driver's license.

  6. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Remote Application Deadline

    Applications submitted by mail, email, or fax must be received by your county board no later than the seventh day before the election.

  7. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot In-person Application Deadline

    Absentee ballot applications can be delivered to your county board in person up until the day before the election.

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in New York

New York allows voters to cast an absentee ballot only under certain circumstances. By Executive Order, the state has said that all voters can utilize absentee ballots for any election held on or before June 23 under the "temporary illness" qualification for absentee ballots. 

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in New York

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.