The 2020 election is going to be an election unlike any other that's come before it.

The coronavirus pandemic has led the state to expand mail-in voting, but changes to the post office over the summer are making some voters wary of mailing in their ballots.

In addition, New Yorkers can vote early for the first time in a presidential election this year - and places as big as Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center are among the early voting sites.

Trying to figure out if early voting is the best way for you to cast your ballot? Take a look at our Q and A below.

Early Voting

When can I vote early? 

New Yorkers can vote in the General Election between October 24 and November 1, and yes, that includes Saturday and Sunday. Hours vary by district. 

Do I need to apply to vote early?

No, an excuse is not needed. 

Where do I vote early? 

Each voting district has its own early voting site that can be found here

What safety measures will be in place? 

Board of Election guidelines mandate poll site workers social distance, wear face coverings, frequently wash their hands and stay home if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. 

Poll site organizers must also develop plans unique to their facilities, but all are encouraged to set up social-distancing markers, hire additional staff, provide personal protective equipment to staff, and keep windows and doors open to improve air flow.

Election Day Voting

How do I register to vote? 

Fill out this form, print and sign it, then send it to your county Board of Elections. You can check to see if you are registered here

What’s the deadline to register to vote in the General Election?

Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9 and received by the Board of Elections by October 14. 

Where is my poll site?

New York residents can find their poll site here

When are polls open on November 3?

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

What do I need to bring?

You don't need to provide identification if you’ve voted before, but first-time voters may need a photo ID, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows both name and address.