Exercise Your Right to Vote

All Americans have the right to vote, including people with developmental disabilities.

Step 1: You must register to vote before the general election deadline.

  • Deadline for General Election:
    • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
    • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day. Received 20 days before Election Day.
    • Online: 25 days before Election Day
  • Qualifications to register to vote:
    • Must be a United States citizen
    • Turn 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file the form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general election in which you want to vote)
    • Must be a resident of this state and the county, city, or village for at least 30 days before the election
    • Must not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
    • Must not claim the right to vote elsewhere
  • To register to vote, get and fill out the voter application form:
    • In person at your county board of elections
    • At any New York State Agency-Based Voter Registration Center
    • At the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or online if you already have a DMV-issued identification
    • By mail (form can be requested or can print from online)
    • Call 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter

Step 2: Get educated. Knowledge is power.

  • Watch and/or attend the debates held by the
  • Know the candidates and research their
  • Talk to people you trust and know to help you understand the candidates’ views and what they are saying they will fight for if

Step 3: Exercise your right to vote

  • Look on your voter registration card and go to your assigned location the day of the
  • Use your advocacy skills to get help, ask for any accommodations, or get assistance that you need at the voting
  • Cast your vote!!

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