Deadline for Voter Registration Is October 12

Voting machines. Christine Sampson photo

Today, October 12, is the deadline to register to vote in the November 6 general election. Prospective voters must be 18 or older by December 31 of the year in which you file this form and by the date of the election in which they wish to vote; must be a United States citizen; must be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election; must not claim the right to vote elsewhere; not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction unless voting rights have been restored as per parole provisions; and must not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.

Register in person at any New York State Agency-based voter registration center, such as the Suffolk County Board of Elections, the Department of Labor or the Department of Social Services, or postmark a mailed registration form by the end of the business day today, October 12. Mailed forms must be received by October 17. The Suffolk County Board of Elections website may be accessed at

Citizens may also register to vote or update their voter registration information using the DMV Electronic Voter Registration Application. More information from the Department of Motor Vehicles is available at

Those who have become a naturalized U.S. citizen or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Military after October 13 may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 27.

More information is also available at the New York State Board of Elections website at