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October 16, 2012 7:01 AM   Subscribe

Voter registration in NYC. My husband and I just moved from lower Manhattan to the UES. Do we need to submit new voter registration forms? Or, can we just go to the local polling place.
posted by jenmcee to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
You would have needed to submit new forms by Friday October 12th. If you want to vote on Election Day 11/6, you'll need to go back to where you are registered.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:03 AM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


More info.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:04 AM on October 16, 2012


You need to re-register every time you move, but now it is too late, as TPS said.
Just vote at your old place. I've done that before and it has been fine.
posted by rmless at 7:07 AM on October 16, 2012


If you go to your local polling place, you should be able to vote with a a provisional ballot.

The last time I voted, I had to use a provisional ballot (I had moved within the same county, but had not re-registered to vote on time). The poll worker was very confused / slow and then filled out the form incorrectly. If you decide to vote by provisional ballot, be prepared to spend some extra time and read the form carefully to make sure that the poll worker fills out their part correctly.
posted by insectosaurus at 7:32 AM on October 16, 2012


It would be be, strictly speaking, illegal to vote at your previous residence, as you have invalidated your voter registration by moving. New York requires that you live in your address for 30 days before voting, which would not be the case as you no longer live there. You may be able to vote at your current residence if you moved there on or before Sunday, 7 October 2012 (30 days before the election). You can submit a change of address form until tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 20 days before the election). If you do not do that, it would be, strictly speaking, illegal to vote.

The chance of anyone catching you on this is approximately 0.0%.
posted by saeculorum at 7:36 AM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


The following statements are incorrect:

You would have needed to submit new forms by Friday October 12th.

Voter registration needs to be done by 25 days by the election, but the OP is already registered. They only need to submit a change of address form (which is, oddly enough, the voter registration form) and submit it by 20 days before the election. Again, see here.

Just vote at your old place. I've done that before and it has been fine.

This is voting without valid registration, which is voter fraud.

If you go to your local polling place, you should be able to vote with a a provisional ballot.

The OP can vote with a provisional ballot (anyone can), but the ballot will not be counted because the OP would not a registered voter in the local precinct. Provisional ballots do not allow people to circumvent registration requirements.
posted by saeculorum at 7:46 AM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I live in NYC and I have encountered this situation before.

I went to my old polling place and voted. My name was on the rolls and there was no problem. Whether this is legal or ethical is another question entirely.
posted by dfriedman at 7:52 AM on October 16, 2012


In California, where I live, you can legally vote by provisional ballot if you have moved within the same county without re-registering to vote. See here. I did this.

I tried to look for the information about provisional ballots in New York, but was unable to find a clear rule - so, OP, if you would like to cast a provisional ballot in your local district, you should try to get clarification.
posted by insectosaurus at 7:52 AM on October 16, 2012


Call the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, at (212) 725-3541. It's free, they're great.
posted by Marky at 11:23 AM on October 16, 2012


You do need to reregister. You can't just drop into any polling place in NYC and vote there.

That said, I also moved since the last time I voted and simply plan to report to my old polling place, since I moved just a couple months ago, the old polling place is convenient for me to go to, and I'm moving again literally ON election day.
posted by Sara C. at 1:58 PM on October 16, 2012


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