Voting for Bernie in NY

Vote Bernie April 19

Check your status 

Click Here to check your voter registration status.

  • Make sure your Political Party says “Democrat”
  • You can vote if your Voter Status says either “Active” or “Inactive”
  • Note down your “Election District” from the results – this may be useful on election day.

If there is anything wrong with your registration or you can’t find it, call your county Board of Elections to find out why.

Find your polling place

On the Day

★ Make time to visit your polling place
Polling places are open:
– 6am to 9pm in New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, Putnam County, and Erie County
– 12pm – 9pm Everywhere else

If your work hours prevent you from voting, you may be eligible for time off to vote but you must notify your employer by Friday 04/15. See here for more info.


★ Hide your Bernie gear

Remove or cover up all Bernie T-shirts, buttons, stickers etc when you arrive within 100ft of your polling place. These items may get you barred from the polling place.

Do not flyer or attempt to convince other voters in the line or anywhere within 100ft of the polling location. This counts as “electioneering” and is illegal in New York. If you see anybody displaying Hillary gear or campaigning illegally for Hillary (or if Bill Clinton shows up!) alert a poll worker. If that doesn’t work call the campaign voter hotline on 347-3794-298 or report it to the NYDLC on 866-693-5201.


★ Know your ballot ★ 

You will cast a vote both for “President of the United States” and for a certain number of “Delegates to the National Convention”. Check out this Sample Ballot as an example.

The important thing is to choose Bernie for President – that is what decides how many votes Bernie gets and therefore how many delegates he gets.
For the delegates you can choose any number of delegates up to the amount stated on the ballot. This just decides the order in which they get chosen to go to the convention.For example if it says “Vote for any Seven” you can vote for 7 delegates or less.
The delegates on the ballot pledged to Bernie should be clearly marked. Be aware that in some districts there may be less Bernie delegates than the number of delegates you’re allowed to choose. Don’t be intimidated – If you accidentally choose a Hillary delegate that in no way affects Bernie’s chances.
To get a list of all the delegates running in your district, look for your district’s ballot in here.

★ What if they can’t find my registration on the day? ★ 

  • Make sure you are in the right polling place
  • Make sure you were directed to the right table for your Election District (see “Check your status” above for how to find your ED)
  • If all fails, ask for an affidavit ballot (see “What if something goes wrong” below). Do not leave without voting
  • It is also your right to ask for a judge to rule on your case. You will be given paperwork to take to the Board of Elections and be able to present your case. Call 347-3794-298 to get advice.


Affidavit Ballot★ What if something goes wrong? ★ 

Do not leave the polling place without casting a vote. If they couldn’t find your registration or something else prevents you from voting, ask for an Affidavit Ballot (also known as “special” or “provisional” ballot) and vote that way. You cannot be denied an affidavit ballot.

If you encounter any issues preventing you from voting or if you witness anything going wrong (such as long lines or ballots running out) please call the numbers below.

Bernie NY Voter Hotline: Call 347-3794-298

Need legal advice? Call 212-285-1400 – on election day all calls will be routed to a lawyer.

If you can’t get through to those phone lines and need to report an issue you can call the NYDLC on 866-693-5201

ID Requirement

Identification is usually not required unless:
– You are a first time voter AND
– You did not meet the ID requirement when filling your registration form.

To check if you need ID, look up your registration on this page and it should be clearly marked if your ID requirement was not met (as in the image below)Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 10.30.39 PM

If you need to provide ID, do what it says and call your county Board of Elections to find out what you need!


Absentee Voting

You can vote by absentee ballot if any of the following applies to you:

  • You live in NYC and will be absent from the city on April 19th, or you live elsewhere in NY and you will be absent from your county on April 19th.
  • You are unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
  • You are a patient or inmate in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital.
  • You are detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

It is now TOO LATE to apply for an absentee ballot by mail. You must fill in an application form and deliver it IN PERSON to your county Board of Elections. You should be able to get your absentee ballot and cast your vote on the same visit!
The deadline for submitting a ballot application in person is April 18th.
The deadline for returning the actual ballot by mail is April 18th (date of postmark).
The deadline for returning the absentee ballot in person is April 19th.

We’ve been told that the absentee ballots can be confusing. If you’re unsure of which delegates on the ballot are pledged to Bernie, look up the ballot template for your district.


Contact your county Board of Elections.. that’s what they’re there for!

Share the Bern


  • I live in NY and my daughter will turn 18 before the general election (Nov 5). She has registered to vote, but is being told she can not vote because she doesn’t turn 18 before Oct 14 (25 days before the elections) by our county board of elections. This doesn’t match what I see on the NY Board of Elections requirements. I’m not sure what to do. My daughter is anxious to vote (for Bernie, of course!)

    • Hi Christine,
      They are wrong and you are correct – your daughter can vote if she is registered and is 18 on the day of the election. It’s amazing how much misinformation comes from the BoE!

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