ITHACA, N.Y. — Any voter that wishes to change their party affiliation before any of New York’s 2020 primaries, must do so by Friday, Feb. 14.
New York’s presidential primary will be held on April 28. New York has closed primaries, meaning you must be registered with a party to participate. Those changing parties or switching from unaffiliated or independent must do so by Friday.
This deadline does not apply to newly registered voters, they have until April to register and still be eligible for the 2020 primaries.
By mail, new registration applications must be postmarked no later than April 3, 2020, and received by a board of elections no later than April 8, 2020, to be eligible to vote in the Primary.
Those wishing to register in person have until April 3, 2020, to submit their applications.
Any voter wishing to change their address on record has until April 8 to do so.
While the deadline may seem far in advance of a primary in late-April, the deadline is considerably closer than in the 2016 election cycle.
In the lead up to the 2016 presidential primary, New York’s voters had to change their party affiliation by Oct. 9, 2015, to be eligible to participate in the primary the following year, nearly 200 days in advance.