Who Can Vote?

According to the New York State Board of Elections, you are eligible to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you register (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • You have live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  • You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  • You have not been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • You cannot claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Note: Permanent residents and international students are unable to vote in American elections. However, depending on the country in which you hold citizenship, you may have received voting rights upon your 18th birthday, and will by age 21. While voting age limits and processes in your country may differ from those in the U.S., learning about elections here will help you become a better, more informed citizen of your own country and provide an alternative perspective on U.S. processes.

NYS board of elections: http://www.elections.ny.gov