Summary of Election 2012 Binghamton University Events

This year, a record-breaking 1,700 Binghamton University students voted on campus (that’s a 30% increase from 2008’s historic election).

To learn more about 2012's campus voter turnout efforts, check out this report, compiled by Dr. Jonathan Krasno (Department of Political Science at Binghamton University), which details the results of 2012's campus-wide voter turnout effort, spearheaded by the Department of Political Science, Vice Provost Donald Loewen, Harpur Dean Wayne Jones, the Faculty Masters, ResLife, Pipe Dream, Center for Civic Engagement, and others across campus.

Residential Community Voter Registration Competition Results 

Congratulations on a job well-done! 

Just over 31% of our eligible residential students are now registered to vote locally in the 2012 elections.

There is a tie for first place for student voter registrations--Hinman and Dickinson, both with 42% registered (only .14% apart) These communities will split the prize of $1,500.

Thank you to the sponsors: 

All the Faculty Masters; Don Loewen, Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education; and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Thanks to the political science department, especially Jon Krasno and his GA, Ben Farrer, for analyzing the data and posting the results.

And especially, congratulations to all the students, student groups (especially NYPIRG), Broome County Board of Elections (especially Mary Pines), and other individuals who worked so tirelessly to engage our students in the political process for this election!


Voter Registration Drive & Voter Rights Forum
When/Where: Friday, Semptember 28th, 2012 at 12:30pm, Tillman Lobby and UU108

Are you registered to vote? Do you think any group of citizens should have their voting rights restricted? Come register, get informed, discuss and take action at the Center for Civic Engagement's upcoming Voter Registration Drive and Voter Rights Forum. Voter registration will take place on Friday, September 28th from 12-4PM in the Tillman Lobby. During this event, students and others will be able to register to vote immediately on campus. In addition, there will be an engaging and thought provoking discussion on voter rights, the youth vote and its importance in UU108 at 12:30PM. See below for information on speakers and co-sponsors. Refreshments will be served.

Forum's Featured speakers:
· Dr. John McNulty, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Robert Kornblum, Regional Campus Supervisor, NYPIRG

Co-sponsored by:
Broome County Board of Elections, Political Science Department, Dean of Students Office, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), College Democrats, College Republicans, Democracy Matters, African Student Organization and Malik Fraternity Incorporated.

See the flier here.


NYPIRG Voter Registration Tables

  • Wednesday, October 3rd, 12-5pm in Appalachain Dining Hall
  • Thursday, October 4th, 7pm, College in the Woods
  • Friday, October 5th, 12-5pm in Hinman Dining Hall

For more details, contact Robert Kornblum,


Register to Vote
When/Where: Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 7:00pm, College in the Woods

New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG) will be tabling in College in the Woods on October 4th at 7pm. Register to vote on campus and get your election-related questions answered here!

For more details, contact Robert Kornblum,


Voting for Dummies
When/Where: Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 8:00pm, Appalachian 111

Learn about the election process, how to register to vote, and absentee ballots at this R.A. program. Representatives from both the College Republicans and College Democrats will be on hand to answer questions, as well.


Vote Smart
When/Where: Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 8:00pm, CIW Commons

Not sure how to fill out an absentee ballot? Not sure if you're even registered to vote? Not sure who's running for office? Come to Vote Smart! 


Youth, Political Engagement and the 2012 Election
When/Where: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 from 7-8:30pm, FA 121

Alexander Heffner, student engagement activist and founder of several organizations including an on-line national student newspaper to cover elections and the Obama administration, will be giving a talk entitled, "Youth, Political Engagement and the 2012 Election." He has appeared on CNN and elsewhere many times and written op-eds for a many publications. Hear his thoughts on youth political engagement on October 10th in FA 121 from 7-8:30. This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science.


Political Roundtable
When/Where: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 7:00pm, C4 Multipurpose room

Several Professors and students leaders will be leading discussions at different tables about the upcoming election. Every table will have a leader with a different expertise to broaden peoples perspective when it comes to politics. There is also a campus wide competition going on which enables the community with greatest percentage of registered voters to win a cash prize for their community government. Therefore, voter registration will be going on at this event. Deadline to register to vote is October 12th, so come out, register, and get informed!


When/Where: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 8:00pm, UU Mandela

Interested in learning how to register voters? Heard of NYPIRG, but want to learn more? Attend this general interest meeting before the Thousands of One Concert to get trained on voter registration and receive information about New York Public Interest Group.


Voter Registration Concert featuring Thousands of One
When/Where: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:00pm, UU Mandela

The Water Defense Fund and NYPIRG are hosting a voter registration "Concert to Fight Fracking" featuring Thousands of One in UU Mandela. Concert Admission is $7 for students, $12 for the general public, and FREE for attendees of the NYPIRG GIM at 8pm.


Register to Vote in Hinman College
When/Where: Thursday, October 11th, 2012 from 8:00pm-12:00am, at the entrance to every building in Hinman College


Debate Bingo!
When/Where: Thursday, October 16th, 2012 at 9:00pm, Oneida

Election-related BINGO! Winners will receive small prizes.


Political Scientist to Talk About the Science of Winning Elections
When/Where: Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 7:00pm, EB-110

Donald Green, professor of political science at Columbia University, will speak on “The Science and Pseudo-Science of Winning Elections” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in EB-110. Author of four books and more than 100 articles, he is the father of the “field experiment initiative,” a methodological approach that has revolutionized studies of voter turnout and mobilization, and has allowed systematic efforts to assess the impact of various aspects of political campaigns. Green’s book, Get Out the Vote, has been called the Bible of voter mobilization and his foundational work testing the effectiveness of basic political tools is highlighted in a recent New York Times Magazine article, “Nudge the Vote.” His talk is sponsored by the Harpur Dean’s Office and the Department of Political Science and is free and open to the public.

See the flier here.


Residential Community Voter Registration Competition
Deadline: Friday, October 12th, 2012

Join the College Democrats, Dorm Room Diplomacy, and the Equality Project as they bring to campus all of the Democratic Candidates that students can vote for in the upcoming election.

ATTENTION, Campus Residential Communities and OCC! Want to win your community a $1,500 cash prize? Here's how:

The community with the highest total percentage of its residents (who are eligible voters) registered to vote locally by the deadline, October 12th, WINS! Students can register to vote locally whether they are permanent residents of Binghamton or not. In order to register, students must use their Driver's License #, or Social Security # and their BU Box #. The Political Science Department will be judging the competition.

For information about registration events in your residential community, visit the CCE's Election 2012 website frequently, follow us on Facebook & Twitter and see the event flier


Meet Your Democratic Candidates
When/Where: Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:30pm, Lecture Hall 2

Join the College Democrats, Dorm Room Diplomacy, and the Equality Project as they bring to campus all of the Democratic Candidates that students can vote for in the upcoming election.

The candidates will include:
Dan Lamb, US Congress
John Orzel, NY Senate
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, NY Assembly
Tarik Abdelazim, Broome County Executive
County Legislator Dan Reynolds, Broome County Legislator
Paul Logablo, Vestal Town Board

The event will provide a great opportunity for students to hear the candidates' ideas and to ask them questions, so don't miss out!

See the flier here.


Don't Forget to Vote! Election Event
When/Where: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00am to 9:00pm, UU-Old Union Hall

Election Day is today! The Center for Civic Engagement invites you to the Election Day Celebration ( while voting! Fun activities, music and more! Stop by before or after voting to meet some cool groups, do some fun things and more! Polling will be until 9 p.m. in the University Union, so make it out to vote! Make a Difference!

See the flyer here and RSVP on the Facebook event page.


Election Celebration
When/Where: Tuesday, November 6th from 8pm-Midnight, Appalachian Dining Hall

Mountainview, the Writing Initiative, the Writing 111 ABCs, and the President's Scholars will host this election night party while watching the election night returns on the big screen. There will be pancakes and “voting” via blueberry or strawberry toppings, a photo booth, and a button-maker to make buttons with. President Stenger will be in attendance!






How to Register to Vote On Campus

1) Print out a voter registration form HERE.

2) Completely fill out the form using your on campus mailing address (P.O. Box number)

3) Mail your completed form to: Broome County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY, 13902

4) Must be postmarked no later than October 12, 2012

5) You can now vote in the University Union on Election Day, November 6, 2012


Where and How to Vote

  • BU students who registered in Broome County using their BU residential community address (BU Box) can vote in the Old Union Hall (Located next to Tillmann Lobby) from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • BU students who registered in Broome County using their off campus address must vote at their local polling site. Information on polling sites can be found here.
  • Polling places outside Broome County can be found here.
  • Students who are voting with absentee ballots must have them postmarked by Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • See a sample Broome Country Ballot here.

Voting Machine Instructions

  • Completely fill in oval that corresponds with your choice of candidate.
  • For propositions, completely fill in oval for either YES or NO. Propositions are on the back of the ballot.
  • Once completed, review your ballot for mistakes.
  • The inspector will direct you to the voting machine to scan your ballot.
  • Done!

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Last Updated: 9/12/14