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Posted: February 10, 2020New York State Presidential Primary: April 28, 2020

The Democratic Party Presidential Primary is April 28th, 2020, only registered and enrolled Democratic Party members may vote.  There is no Republican Presidential Primary -No Republicans have filed to run a primary race against Donald J. Trump in New York.

Registration is the legal requirement you must complete to vote in any local, state or national election. You cannot vote if not registered.

Enrollment refers to the requirement of indicating a party preference on the registration ballot so you will be eligible to vote in that party’s primary election.  Remember that enrollment in a party does not disqualify you from voting for any candidate of any party once the general election is held. Enrollment pertains to primaries.

Primary election: Candidates in one party run against one another. The winner becomes that party’s candidate to run against the opposition party in the General Election.  Don’t miss out on this important selection process in the party of your choice.

Important Dates

If you want to: Must be done by: How:
Designate or change party enrollment for the Democratic primary and you are already registered February 14 (must be received by the 14th) Fill out an application and mail to board of elections

Registration and enrollment are completed on the same application

As a New Voter: Register to vote and enroll in time for the Democratic primary April 3 (in person)

April 3 (must be postmarked by April 3)

Fill out an application and mail to board of elections or go to your local board of elections and fill out application
Change your address April 8 (must be received by the 8th) Submit a change of address form to board of elections
Register to vote for the general election October 10 (in person)

October 9 (must be postmarked by October 9)

Fill out an application and mail to board of elections or go to your local board of elections and fill out application
Request an absentee ballot April 21 (must be postmarked by April 21 for the presidential primary)

October 27 (must be postmarked by October 27 for general election)

Fill out an application and send to the board of elections


Voter Registration Applications Available: See  https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html

 You can register in person at your county board of elections or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.

  • You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on their web site if you already have DMV-issued identification.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence: Y. Election Law (5-508) allows victims of domestic violence who obtain a court order from NY Supreme Court, Family Court or County Court in the county where they are registered to have their voter registration record kept separate and apart from other registration records and not be made available for inspection or copying by the public or any other person, except election officials acting within the course and scope of their official duties. Under a separate section of the law (11-306), you can also be excused from going to your polling place to vote and get a special ballot. For further information, you should contact your local board of elections for their confidential registration and special ballot procedures.

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