Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before Election Day
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Register at School or Home?
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
- Students attending college in New York may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
- Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in New York or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Only two classes of New York voters have to show ID before voting: (1) first-time voters who registered by mail or registration drive whose driver’s license numbers or the last four digits of their Social Security numbers were not verified by the state; and (2) those who did not include a copy of an eligible ID with the mailed or registration drive application.
- These voters will need to either submit a copy of one of the acceptable IDs in advance, show ID while voting in person, or mail a copy with their absentee ballot.
- For those voters, acceptable ID includes a (i) current and valid photo identification such as a student ID, or (ii) current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address
Where Do I Vote?
- Contact your County Board of Elections to determine where to vote. You can find contact information for your county at http://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html.
- Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!
How Can I Vote?
By Mail: Absentee Voting
- Any voter may submit an absentee ballot if he or she is absent from his or her county or city of registration, unable to appear at a voting place because of illness or disability or because the voter is the primary care taker of a person with an illness or disability, an inmate or patient of a veteran’s administration hospital, or detained in jail or prison.
- Absentee ballot applications must be postmarked at least seven days before the election or delivered in person by the day before the election.
On Election Day at the Polls The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Will voting in New York affect my federal financial aid?
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Does being an out-of-state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote in my college community?
Will I lose my scholarship if I register to vote in New York?