Register to Vote!
As a United States citizen, you have the opportunity to influence the world around you, on a local, national, and even global level, simply by casting your vote in 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 wants to make sure you know and understand your voting rights as a student in Broome County and how to exercise them.
You have a CHOICE.
Register at School
*Out-of-state students who wish to register on campus WILL NOT see any change in their federal financial aid. For more FAQs about student voter registration:
- Your Right to Vote - College Students distributed by the League of Women Voters
Students who Live ON Campus
Students who register to vote in Broome County and who currently live in a residential community on campus will be able to vote on campus in primary and general elections.
Students who Live OFF Campus
Students who register to vote in Broome County and who currently live off campus will be eligible to vote at a designated polling place near their residence.
- Find Your Polling Place at BroomeVotes.com
Register at Home
Students may also choose to register to vote at their permanent home address (typically a parent's address). These students must either request an Absentee Ballot or return to their home county to vote on Election Day. Please note that you must request an absentee ballot at least 7 days before Election Day. It is strongly recommended that you request the absentee ballot even earlier, though, to ensure your ballot is mailed to you in time to fill it out and mail it back to the Board of Elections by the day before Election Day.
Important Dates and Forms
On Sept. 13, 2018, there will be a state and local primary. In New York, you must be registered with a political party to vote in that party's primary. If you are not yet registered to vote, you must postmark or deliver a voter registration form to your local board of elections by Aug. 19. If on primary election day you will be away from the district in which you are registered, you must postmark an absentee ballot request application by Sept. 6. Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked to your local board of elections by Sept. 12.
- Printable NY state voter registration form
- Printable NY state absentee ballot application
- County Boards of Elections directory
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election is Oct. 12. You can find more information on the board of elections website or check this website in the fall semester for more details.
Take the next step!
- Check Your Voter Registration online at BroomeVotes.com.
- Visit the Center for Civic Engagement (UU-137) to get a Registration Form. We can also help you fill it out so that you're sure you will be eligible to vote locally on Election Day. All you need with you to register is the last four digits of your social security number or your New York State driver's license or ID number. Students who live on campus will also need their BU Box number.
1. Go to www.binghamton.edu/residential-life
2. Click on "Find your mailbox and housing assignment"
3. Log on using your PODS account information
4. Look under "BU Box Assignment"
- Print out the appropriate registration form based on the above table. Bring your completed form to the CCE and we'll check it over for you, or you can deliver or mail it to the Broome County Board of Elections at 44 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.
Check our upcoming CCE Student Newsletters, CCE social media, and this website for more information about other opportunities to be politically engaged, such as forums discussing current issues, candidate debates, Voting Day parties, and more!