When and Where You Can Vote Early in New York City
Election Day is coming up in New York City, but registered voters can cast their ballots early, from October 24 to November 1.
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If you would like to vote in person, doing so during this time allows for voter traffic to be spread out so there are fewer people at polling places on Election Day, November 3.
To find out what your local poll site is, click here. Your early voting poll site will likely not be the same location where you can vote on Election Day. Early voting poll sites are in every borough.
Early Voting Hours
(Update, October 27, 4:16 p.m.: Early voting hours were extended to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 30 and 31, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 1, if poll sites can accommodate, the Board of Elections said.)
Saturday, October 24 10am-4pm
Sunday, October 25 10am-4pm
Monday, October 26 7am-3pm
Tuesday, October 27 12pm-8pm
Wednesday, October 28 12pm-8pm
Thursday, October 29 10am-6pm
Friday, October 30 7am-3pm
Saturday, October 31 10am-4pm
Sunday, November 1 10am-4pm
On Election Day, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. As long as you enter the poll site by 9 p.m., you will be able to cast your ballot.
You don’t need to apply to vote early. And, as is the case whenever you vote, you don’t need to bring an ID unless you’re a first-time voter who did not submit identification when you first registered to vote.
If you don’t vote early or on Election Day, you are encouraged to vote absentee because of the coronavirus pandemic. You can apply online at nycabsentee.com.
The “temporary illness” category has been expanded to cover voters affected by COVID-19 or facing the potential of contracting it.
Workers at voting sites will take precautions to keep themselves and voters safe. They’ll be social distancing, wearing masks, and disinfecting when and where they can. If you go to vote, you must wear a face covering or you will not be allowed in.
The city recommends voters use hand sanitizer before and after touching any shared surfaces, such as the poll booth or pens, and wash their hands with soap and water immediately once they get home.
To make sure voters keep at least six feet apart at the poll site, stickers will show how far apart to stand in line. Poll workers are disinfecting when and where they can, and there are screen guards meant to protect you — and poll workers as well. And the city’s Board of Elections mandates that each polling location is professionally cleaned.
Although everyone should vote, the city advises you stay home if you are sick and vote another day. If you cannot and don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local Board of Elections office to find out your voting options.