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Voter Registration

– To apply by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than July 29, 2022 and received by a board of elections no later than August 3, 2022, to be eligible to vote in the Primary.
– To apply in-person, you may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than July 29, 2022
– Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 3, 2022, by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Primary.

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  • For the August 2022 Primary ONLY, registered voters have the option to change their party affiliation up to and including Primary Day.
Q: Does this mean anyone can cast a ballot in the August 23rd primary election?
  • No. This is not same-day voter registration. You must be a registered voter.
Q: Who is eligible to change their party affiliation for the August 23rd primary election?
  • Voters who have registered by the deadlines listed above only.
Q: If I am currently registered to vote but not with a political party, or I want to change parties for this election, what do I do?
  • Voters can submit an updated voter registration form selecting the party they wish to register with for this primary election to their local BOE.
  • If the voter’s name does not appear in the poll book, they can request an affidavit ballot. On the affidavit, the voter will select the party they are joining. Then they will be able to cast a ballot and have their vote counted in that primary contest.
  • If the form is processed ahead of the election and the voter’s name appears in the poll book for the respective party holding the primary, then the voter will be able to cast their ballot on the scanner.
Q: If I submit an affidavit ballot, do I become a permanent member of another party?
  • When a voter completes an affidavit ballot, it functions as a voter registration form. In this case, their party affiliation will be changed until the voter submits another registration form to change it back.
  • The deadline for changing party affiliation for next year’s primary elections will be February 14, 2023.

Absentee Voting

To qualify for Absentee Voting you must meet the following criteria:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
  • Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

You can apply for an absentee ballot in the following ways:

Absentee Voting Deadlines:

    • August 8, 2022 is the last day for the board of elections to receive an application or letter of application by mail or send an email or fax for an absentee ballot.
    • August 22, 2022 is the last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot.
    • August 23, 2022 is the last day to deliver your absentee ballot in-person to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).
    • August 23, 2022 is the last day to postmark ballot.
      • This ballot must be received by the local board of elections no later than August 30th.

2022 Primary Dates

2022 Primary Dates:

On May 11, due to ongoing issues with redistricting, it was announced that the 2022 NYS elections will feature a bifurcated primary.

What is a Bifurcated Primary

A bifurcated primary is a primary election that takes place on two separate days.

For the 2022 New York primary, the two elections will take place on the following days:

  • June 28:  Primary for Statewide Offices (Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General), State Assembly, and U.S Senate
  • August 23: Primary for State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives

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