Your Vote Counts! Take the Time to Register Today
By Kelly Williams, secretary to the director of collegewide student services, SUNY Empire State College
October 8, 2015
Empire State College students span the country and the world. Your influence as a group is substantial! Please use this awesome power, and take the time to register to vote today. Below, you will find useful links to facts for voter registration, as well as deadlines, in New York state. However, whether you live in New York state, or in another part of the U.S., it is important that you take the time to register and vote, so that your voice is heard within our democracy.
You can obtain voter registration materials directly from:
The national board of elections website located at: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx
The NYS Board of Elections website located at: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
Nov. 3, 2015 General Election Deadlines:
MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 9 and received by a board of elections no later than Oct. 14 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections, or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year. However, to be eligible to vote in the November General Election, your application must be received no later than Oct. 9 except, if you have been honorably discharged from the military, or have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 9, you may register in person at the board of elections up until Oct. 24.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by Oct. 14 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.
For more information go to: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html