Vote and advocate

Make your voice heard in local, state and national elections

You have the right to make your voice heard through local, state and national elections. In partnership with the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere initiative and the Broome County Board of Elections, the Center for Civic Engagement’s nonpartisan voting program is committed to helping students be engaged and informed voters. Stop by the CCE in UU-137 for help registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot, to drop off your completed form or to ask questions about voting or registering to vote.

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What's on the ballot

Get out the vote

Be sure to review important dates and deadlines, below.

You have a choice!

You can register at your home address (typically a parent's address) or at your on-campus or off-campus address. Students who register at home will need to request an absentee ballot if they cannot return home to vote. If you register with your on-campus address, you will vote in the University Union for general elections. Off-campus students will vote at a polling site near their residence. 

Out-of-state students can register using their Broome County address. Registering locally will not impact your residency status for tuition purposes or impact your federal financial aid. In rare cases, certain scholarships could be impacted by changing your voter registration (for example, a scholarship based on your home-state residency that uses voter registration as part of a residency determination).

You must be 18 in order to vote, but if you are 16 or 17 you can submit your voter registration form and it will become active once you turn 18.

You can change your registration at any time by filling out a new voter registration form (note Important Dates and Deadlines listed below). You can only be registered  in one location. Completing a new voter registration form will update your voter registration address. Not sure if you're registered? Check your registration status.

Voter registration records are one of several ways that individuals may be identified for jury duty. Students should respond promptly to any jury summons and provide the required information if they are unable to serve.

Important dates and deadlines

June 27 New York Primary Election: Polls Open 6a.m.-9p.m.

February 14 Last day for board of elections to receive change of party enrollment for primary (only for current NY registered voters who wish to change their party affiliation)
June 12 Last day for board of elections to receive an absentee ballot request by mail, online portal, email or fax.
June 17 Last day for board of elections to receive voter registration or register in person at BOE.
June 17 Last day for BOE to receive change of address (only for current NY registered voters who moved within the state)
June 17-June 25 Early Voting
June 26 Last day to apply in person for absentee ballot
June 27 Last day to postmark absentee ballot (must be received by the local BOE by July 4) and last day to deliver ballot in person to your county board of elections or any poll site in your county, by close of polls (Note: You cannot drop off an absentee ballot from another county at a polling place in Broome County)

Get important voting information delivered to your phone!

Text "BinghamtonU" to 47020 if you'd like to receive occasional text messages from the CCE and the Andrew Goodman Foundation with reminders about important voting deadlines and Election Day information. Text "STOP" to opt out at any time. Message and data rates may apply.

Have additional questions or need assistance with the voting process?

Partnerships and awards

If you or your student organization would like to partner with the CCE's nonpartisan voter engagement and education initiatives, email

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge awarded Binghamton University the 2020 Highest Voter Registration Rate Award in the America East Votes Challenge.

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Voter Friendly Campus

Binghamton University is one of 231 campuses in 37 states designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus” by the Campus Vote Project and NASPA.

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AGF Vote Everywhere

As one of five national Andrew Goodman Foundation Leader Campuses, the CCE supports student Vote Everywhere Ambassadors who register voters, reduce voting barriers and tackle social justice issues.

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ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Binghamton University received a Silver Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for achieving a student voting rate between 60% and 70% during the 2020 election.

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