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VRM in the States: New York

New York has electronic registration at DMVs, pre-registration, e-poll books and online voter registration.

Last Updated: December 9, 2019
Published: March 29, 2019

Advances in Voter Registration Modernization

  • Electronic Voter Registration: New York launched electronic voter registration at DMV offices in 2012, and fully eliminated the use of paper for DMV-based voter registration in 2015. Registrants type in their information electronically and provide their signature on a paper form, which a clerk then scans to create a digital signature. Voter registration information is transferred several times a week to election officials.
  • Online Voter Registration: New York launched online voter registration through the DMV in 2012. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.
  • Pre-registration: New York passed Senate Bill S1100 in 2019, which allows for the pre-registration of individuals beginning at 16 years old.
  • E-poll books: New York began approving money for state and local boards of elections to purchase election poll books in 2019.