How to Vote in New York's 2022 Elections

Posted on 08/04/22 by Catherine Maddux


En español | New York’s Nov. 8 general election includes races for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the state Senate and Assembly, and the state Supreme Court, as well as for governor, attorney general and other state offices. The first of two primaries was held June 28; the second will be on Aug. 23.

Due to litigation over the state’s redistricting maps, New York will hold a second primary on Aug. 23 for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the state Senate. The June 28 primary was for seats in the state Assembly, U.S. Senate and for statewide offices, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Registered voters who have concerns about contracting or spreading Covid-19 can vote safely from home by requesting an absentee ballot throughout 2022.

  • Absentee voting: If you’re ill or disabled, have concerns about COVID-19, or are out of your county or New York City borough on Election Day, you’re eligible to vote absentee. A complete list of qualifications for voting absentee is on the state Board of Elections website. 
  • Early in-person voting: Cast your ballot early and at the polls starting  Aug. 13 for the Aug. 23 primary and Oct. 29 for the Nov. 8 general election. 
  • In-person voting on Election Day: A second primary is set for Aug. 23; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Online: Use the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. You must have a New York State DMV-issued driver's license, permit or non-driver ID and the last four digits of your Social Security number to register online — and your ZIP code must be on record with the DMV.

You can check the status of your registration on the Board of Elections website. And you can use the downloadable voter registration form to change your name, address or party affiliation. The deadline to register for the Aug. 23 primary has passed. Register by Oct. 14 to vote in the general election.

Yes. Voters must register with the party they wish to vote for in the Aug. 23 primary on or before Aug. 11. Due to the nullification of the state’s redistricting plan, New York is holding two primaries. The first was on June 28.

  • Mail or phone: Download an application from the state Board of Elections website, fill it out online or by hand, print it and mail it to your county Board of Elections office. Or call your local county Board of Elections office and request an application be mailed to you.
  • In person: Visit your county Board of Elections office and fill out an application. You can also designate another person to deliver your application to your county Board of Elections office and receive your ballot.

The deadline to complete and submit your application for an absentee ballot is Aug. 8 for the Aug. 23 primary and Oct. 24 for the general.

Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, Aug. 23. The last day to deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local Board of Elections office or polling place in person for the primaries is Aug. 23. For the general election, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8. And the last day to submit your absentee ballot in person at your local Board of Elections office or polling place is Nov. 8.

Yes. New York City voters can track their ballots with the city Board of Elections online tracker. Those in the rest of the state should contact their county Board of Elections to track their ballots. New Yorkers who serve in the U.S. military or are overseas can use the state Board of Elections online tracker

Yes. Early in-person voting begins 10 days before an election – that's Aug. 13 for the Aug. 23 primary, and Oct. 29 for the general. Contact your county Board of Elections for locations. 

New York’s primary elections for U.S. congressional and state Senate seats takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 23. A special election to fill the remaining terms of congressman in two districts, the 19th and 23rd, also takes place on Aug. 23. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find your polling place online at the state Board of Elections website. If you live in New York City, you can find your polling place with the city’s online locater

Only if you’re a first-time voter and didn’t provide ID when you registered to vote. In that case, you’ll need to show a New York state driver’s license or state-issued non-driver ID card, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or another government document, such as a U.S. passport, that shows your name and address.  

August 23 primary: 

  • New York State Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives

August 23 special general election:

  • 19th Congressional District (to fill the seat vacated by Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado) 
  • 23rd Congressional District (to fill the seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Tom Reed)

Nov. 8 general election:

  • U.S. Senate: One seat, currently held by Sen. Chuck Schumer
  • U.S. House: 26 seats. New York lost a congressional seat, as determined by the 2020 census.
  • Governor
  • Lt. Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Comptroller
  • State Senate: All 63 seats 
  • State Assembly: All 150 seats

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 5, 2022, with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 6, 2020.

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