1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Election
  4. Article 11: Special Presidential and Special Federal Voters and Special Ballots
  5. Title 2: Special Federal Voters


Section 11-200 Special federal voters; qualifications

Election (ELN)

1. Every citizen of the United States now residing outside the United States whose last domicile in the United States immediately prior to his departure from the United States was in the state of New York, shall be entitled to vote from such last domicile, as a special federal voter in all primary, special and general elections for the public offices or party positions of president and vice-president of the United States, United States senator, representative in congress and delegates and alternate delegates to a national convention, provided such citizen, at the time of such departure from the United States, could have met all the present qualifications of this chapter to vote in federal elections from such last domicile, except the qualification with respect to minimum voting age, even though such citizen does not now maintain a place of abode or domicile in the state of New York, and provided further that such citizen does not maintain a place of abode or domicile, is not registered to vote and is not voting in any other election district, state, territory or possession of the United States and provided further that such citizen has a valid passport or card of identity and registration issued under the authority of the secretary of state of the United States.

  1-a. Every citizen of the United States of voting age, residing outside of the United States, who has never resided within the United States, and who has one parent who qualifies as a special federal voter under subdivision one of this section, may register and vote as a special federal voter, from the qualifying parent's New York address, provided that person is otherwise qualified and eligible to vote.

  2. Every person registered pursuant to this title shall continue to be eligible to vote in all elections in which special federal voters are eligible to vote except that in order to vote at a primary election of a party, a voter registered pursuant to this title must have been so registered and enrolled in such party before the previous general election; or, if such voter was not registered in New York state for the previous general election, such voter must so register and enroll in such party not later than twenty-five days before such primary; or, if such voter was registered in New York state for the last general election, such voter must have had the same party enrollment with such registration as such voter sets forth on his application for registration and enrollment as a special federal voter.

  3. A special federal voter who moves from one address outside the United States to another address outside the United States shall not have to reregister unless his registration is cancelled pursuant to the provisions of section 5-400 of this chapter.