By enrolling in a constituted party you can help designate candidates by signing petitions and voting in a primary election. However, you are not obligated to vote for your party’s candidate in the General Election – you may vote for any candidate from any party.
To vote in a primary you must register for one of the following constituted political parties by indicating your preference on the voter registration form: Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Green, Working Families, Independence, Women’s Equality or Reform. You may also choose to write-in a party or not enroll in a party, but in either of these cases you will not be able to participate in a primary election.
Additionally, if you are currently an enrolled voter and change your party status, your change will not be effective until after the next General Election.