Voting

Voting is a constitutional right and a civic responsibility. When you vote, you are raising your voice. You are also keeping our tradition of government “of the people, by the people, for the people” alive for generations to come. Not registered? Not a problem. We’re here to make the registration process as easy as possible.

The Federal Higher Education Act requires universities to make a good faith effort to have voter registration forms available to all students eligible to vote.

To vote in New York State you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be 18 years of age by the date of the primary, general or other election
  • live at your present address at least 30 days before an election
  • not be incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere

Upcoming Elections

The next General Election Day is November 5, 2019.

New York State Deadlines

Don’t miss an important deadline! For specific information, check at the Onondaga County Board of Elections or at the New York State Board of Elections.

Register to Vote!

The first step is to check your voter registration status.

If you wish to register to vote in New York State, voter registration forms are available on campus in both Bird Library, first floor, and at the Office of Government Relations, 2-212 Center for Science and Technology.  You may also download a form from the NYS Board of Elections.

If you are a NYS resident and already have DMV-issued identification, you may also submit a voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or electronically on the NYS DMV web site.

Where should you vote?  In your hometown or here in Syracuse at your campus address?   The decision about where to register is up to you.  You may want to think about how local politicians will impact the lives of Syracuse students; or, are there races back home that you feel strongly about?  Would you prefer to vote in person on Election Day or would you prefer to apply for an absentee ballot and mail it back to your home county?

Absentee Voting

Voting in your hometown means you can participate in decisions at the local level.  Learn more about the steps to take to cast your vote back home from here in The ‘Cuse, whether elsewhere in New York State or in another state.

Polling Locations

To find your polling place, or to check your voter registration, visit the NYS Board of Elections website.

Voting Questions?

If you have questions about the process we can connect you to the experts who have answers!