In the spirit of Constitution Day, please take the time to view the information below about how to register to vote. Many state and local elections will occur this fall, please check your home state to determine if there are elections in your districts. This year, there will be a Primary Election Day for New York City elections on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and General Election Day is on Tuesday November 7, 2017.
Voting is an important civic duty, and whether you choose to do so in the state of New York or your home state, we are providing some important tips to make sure you are ready for the voting booth. The information below will help guide you to register to vote in New York State, register in another state, find your polling location or request an absentee ballot.
To register to vote in New York State, you must be 18 years old by the next election (September 12 for the Primary, November 7 for the General) and live at your present address at least 30 days before election day. You may use your residence hall address to register if you want to vote on campus.
Please visit the New York State Board of Elections website to download a registration form. Once you complete the form, mail it to your county board of elections (address indicated on the form). You can also use this form to update your registration if you have had a change in address.
If you are already registered in New York State, you can visit the NYS Voter Public Information website to check your registration and find your polling location.
If you are already registered in New York State but will not be able to vote in-person on election day, you can download the Absentee Ballot Application form. Complete this form, which must be postmarked no later than 7 days prior to the election, and mail it to your county board of elections.
- For the September 12 Primary Election:
Applications must be postmarked no later than August 18th and received by your county Board of Elections no later than August 23rd to be eligible to vote in the General Election in New York.
- For the November 7 General Election:
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 13th and received by your county Board of Elections no later than October 18th to be eligible to vote in the General Election in New York.
If you would like to register in your home state, note that voter registration dates vary by state (and some deadlines are fast approaching), so please check visit the Election Assistance Commission for your state deadline and download the National Voter Registration form. This is the one document that enables you to register to vote anywhere in the country. It includes state specific instructions to assist you in filling out the form and getting it delivered to the proper address.
If you are already registered in a location outside of New York and need an absentee ballot, please visit Project Vote Smart for information on your home state’s absentee requirements.
Studying away at a NYU global site? Global students registered in New York State may vote by completing the Absentee Ballot Application form, which must be postmarked no later than 7 days prior to the election and mailed to your county board of elections.
Global students registered in a location outside of New York State can seek information on their state’s absentee ballot by visiting this link for Project Vote Smart and selecting from the drop-down menu the state in which they will be voting.
For additional information on voting abroad, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.
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