Voter Registration Assistance
The Office of the Dean for Student Affairs is the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) site at ESF. If you are not registered to vote or are registered to vote but would like to change political parties or update your address, visit the office at 110 Bray Hall. Below is additional information to assist you in this process.
Registering to Vote
In order to register to vote, you must a citizen of the United States, have lived in New York at the address you are registering for at least 30 days prior to the election, not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction, be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election, and not claim the right to vote elsewhere. Residents of other states are eligible to register in their home state.
To register to vote in New York state, simply obtain a voter registration form by visiting 110 Bray Hall. Students with disabilities may also obtain forms and assistance from the Office of Disability Services at Syracuse University. Other options include:
- Call 1-800-FOR-VOTE to have a NYS Voter Registration Form mailed to you
- Download and print the NYS Voter Registration Form (PDF) from the New York State Board of Elections website.
- Register to vote online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website
Frequently Asked Questions:
- As a college student living away from home, where should I register?
You can register to vote at either your college address or at your permanent address. If you register at your permanent address and want to vote while attending ESF, you must remember to request an absentee ballot approximately 30 days before the election. Check with your state election board for the exact deadline.
- I live in Centennial Hall and have a box number. What is the correct way to complete the registration form?
Students living in Centennial Hall should use room/suite/apartment number Centennial Hall, 142 Oakland Street, Syracuse NY 13210 as their residence address.
- I registered to vote at my permanent address, how do I vote while I'm away at College?
If you are registered at your permanent address and wish to request an absentee ballot to vote in your permanent home address's district in NY, see the NYS Board of Elections Absentee Ballot page. If you live outside of NY, you must contact your local board of elections. Links to local boards of elections can be found on the website below:
New York Dates and Deadlines
September 12, 2017- State and Local Primary
Applications Due: Postmarked by August 18, 2017
In Person Registration: August 18, 2017
Change of Address: August 23, 2017
Absentee Ballot Application or Request: September 5, 2017
Absentee Ballot Due: Postmarked September 11, 2017
November 7, 2017- General Election
Applications Due: Postmarked by October 13, 2017
In Person Registration and Change of Party Enrollment: October 13, 2017
Change of Address: October 19, 2017
Absentee Ballot Application or Request: October 31, 2017
Absentee Ballot Due: Postmarked November 6, 2017
Information (polling locations, ID requirements)
Links to Forms (voter registration forms, absentee ballot requests)
If you have questions, please call (315) 470-6660 or visit the NVRA website: