In the midst of the pandemic and the USPS thrown into turmoil, Election Day 2020 is rapidly approaching. In order to combat the hurdles of voting during Covid-19 and the USPS crisis, here is a comprehensive list of voter information specifically written for Staten Island, NY. This information will be updated as more details come in so check back frequently for more news.
Are you Registered to Vote?
As a United States citizen, you are not automatically registered to vote. You have to register to vote on your own. 16 and 17 year olds can pre-register but cannot vote until they are 18 years old. All citizens 18 years and older are allowed to vote (if registered) with a few exceptions. Are you qualified to vote?
If you qualify to vote, you can check your registration status here. You can also call (866) 868-3692 and ask.
I’m Not Registered. Now What?
There are several ways to register to vote:
You can obtain paper forms in a variety of ways. Forms are available at…
- Post offices
- Government agencies
- Call the NYC BOE 1-866-868-3692 to request a form.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and name of your borough in the subject line.
- Download the form here.
Mail it to: Board of Elections 32 Broadway 7 Fl New York, NY 10004-1609
Mail your registration forms by October 9, 2020 to vote on November 3, 2020. With the slowdown of mail and USPS issues, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to register well before October 9th.
Each borough has a Board of Elections (BOE) office and you can register to vote in -person at this office. Please be mindful that masks are required and temperatures will be checked. The address is listed below.
Staten Island’s BOE office Staten Island 1 Edgewater Plaza 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305 Phone: (718) 876-0079
If you have a valid NYS DMV license you can register online.
“Registered voters do not need to show ID to vote, unless they did not provide identification with their registration. First time voters must provide identification either on or with their voter registration application. If you have not provided ID by Election Day, you are still allowed to vote by affidavit ballot, but not using the poll site scanner.”
Make a Plan to Vote
- How will I vote?
- Where will I vote?
- Do I know what transportation I will need to vote?
If you are registered to vote, there are several ways to go about voting this year.
Election Day is November 3, 2020 and you can vote in-person at your polling site. If you are unsure of what your polling site is, you can look it up here.
Mail-In Ballot Request
Important information about Mail-In Voting
- This year, starting August 20, 2020, anyone is allowed to request a mail-in ballot due to concerns over the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19
- Ballots will NOT be mailed to you automatically. You MUST request a ballot to vote by mail.
- You MUST select “Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability” if your reason for voting by mail is concern about Covid-19
- Your absentee ballot request must be emailed, faxed, completed online, or postmarked by October 27, 2020.
Where do I request an absentee ballot?
- Online – This is the link to request an absentee ballot online.
- Email application to AbsenteeJune2020@boe.nyc *Applications must be saved in a (.pdf) format to avoid delays * If you need help converting your ballot request into a (.pdf) format, please contact email@example.com and we will assist you.
- Fax application to 212-487-5349
- Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)
- Print and mail application to Staten Island BOE office: 1 Edgewater Plaza 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305
I Received my Absentee Ballot. What Do I Do With It?
You can mail in your ballot to the Staten Island Board of Elections office. You can also drive-up or walk it in. Masks are required and temperatures will be taken if you hand it in in person. You can request information on how to track your ballot to ensure it was verified. We recommend personally bringing your ballot into the office to avoid any issues with the post office.
Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020.
Ballots without a postmark must be received by November 4, 2020.
Staten Island Board of Elections:
- Address: 1 Edgewater Plaza 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305
- Telephone: 1-718-876-0079
- Driving Directions: Directions
- By Bus: S51 to Bay Street/Edgewater Street
- By train: Exit at Clifton Station
What is Early Voting?
Voting early is different than voting with an absentee ballot by mail. Voting early means you will go to a polling site and cast your vote prior to Election Day
When Does Early Voting Start?
Early voting begins on October, 24, 2020 and will continue through November 1, 2020.
Where is my early voting polling site?
Need More Help?
Vote NYC has a wealth of information. If you prefer, you can call (866) 868-3692 to speak to someone.
We are here to help! Email Staten Island Community News with the subject line: Voting help with any questions and we will work to resolve your issue.