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

Visit the Onondaga County or the New York State Board of Elections for election dates and voter registration information.

  • The General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  Last day to register to vote in the General Election is Friday, October 9, 2020.

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 may be downloaded 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.

Paper registration forms are available until October 8 at drop boxes at Bird Library in the Library Commons, first floor; the Barnes Center, Recreation Services; and the Goldstein Student Center on South Campus.  Fill out your form and drop it in the box.  The office of Government Relations will deliver your form to the Board of Elections.

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.

New Yorkers worried about in-person voting due to COVID can request an absentee ballot through a new online portal. (Please note that you must already be registered to vote in New York State at your current address. If you aren’t registered to vote, or need to change your voter registration address, visit https://elections.ny.gov for more info.)

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.

Early Voting

For the first time in New York State, voters can vote in-person before Election Day.  Visit the Onondaga County Board of Elections for more information.

Polling Locations

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

COVID-19 State Election Alerts

Visit vote411.org  to find the latest state-by-state election changes due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Voting Questions?

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

You may also reference the First Time Voters Guide: How to Cast Your Ballot in 7 Steps (by STEPS Student Training & Education in Public Service)  https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/resources/student-voting-guide/

The guide includes:

– How to vote in 7 steps, from registering to choosing a party affiliation to casting your ballot.
– Unique resources for major first-time voter populations, including college students, LGBTQIA+ and minority communities, and voters with disabilities.
– How to cast your vote while studying or living abroad.