Living in the United States, we have the privilege of electing our political leaders. In order to vote in elections, you need to register first. If you’ve just moved to Long Island, NY, or if you’ve been here for years but were too young to vote and are now turning 18, here are some guidelines.
Eligibility to Vote in New York State
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- To be eligible to register to vote, you must be at least 18 years of age by December 31st of the year that you file a form. You must be at least 18 years old by the date of the election that you want to vote in.
- You must have lived at your current address for at least 30 days before an election that you want to vote in.
- You may not vote if you are in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
- You may not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
Where to Register to Vote on Long Island, NY
Long Island, New York residents may register in person at the Nassau County Board of Elections, the Suffolk County Board of Elections, or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.
- The Nassau County Board of Elections is located at 240 Old Country Road, 5th floor, Mineola, NY.
- The Suffolk County Board of Elections is located at Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY. Their phone number is (631) 852-4500.
In New York, you can also register to vote online through the NY DMV. Visit the MyDMV website and sign in or create an account. The NY DMV will forward your application to your county Board of Elections. Your personal details on DMV records must be up to date before you register online. You can change your name or address online via the DMV's website.