Qualifications to Register to Vote
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18)
- Not be in prison for a felony conviction
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
- Not be found to be incompetent by a court
- Resident of the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election
Additional resources and information about voting can be found at the New York state Board of Elections.
Application for New York State Voter Registration
You may register to vote using the New York State Voter Registration Form accessible at the links below. You can complete the PDF version of the form by clicking on the link below, typing the necessary information and selecting the appropriate boxes. Alternatively, you can print the form to complete by hand. Once the form is completed, you need to print and sign it. Digital or Adobe-generated signature are not accepted. Forms must then be mailed to your county board of elections. The address can be found on page two of the Voter Registration Form.
New York State Voter Registration Form in English. Fillable PDF
New York State Voter Registration Form in Spanish. Fillable PDF
Application for New York State Absentee Ballot
Absentee voting (aka “mail-in voting” and “by-mail voting”) is conducted by mail-in ballot before the day of Election Day. All states will mail a ballot to voters if certain conditions are met.
Absentee ballot application in English. Fillable PDF
Absentee ballot application in Spanish. Fillable PDF
If you live in Schenectady County, the application must be delivered or mailed to
Schenectady County Board of Elections
2696 Hamburg Street
Schenectady, NY 12303
If you live in a county other than Schenectady, find other county Board of Elections.
The Office of Disability Resources is recognized as an official voter registration site. Students who would like to register to vote can obtain assistance through this Office, if necessary. The Office of Disability Resources is located in Elston Hall, Room 222.