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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 be a citizen of the United States, have lived at the address you are registering at 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 or change their address to vote locally.

To register to vote in New York state, simply obtain a voter registration form by visiting 110 Bray Hall. Students with disabilities who need assistance in completing this process may obtain 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. Included on this page are registration forms in both English and Spanish and instructions on how to submit your completed paperwork.
  • Download and print the NYS Absentee Ballot Form (PDF) from the New York State Board of Elections. Included on this page are ballot application forms in both English and Spanish and instructions on how to submit your completed paperwork.
  • Register to vote online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website
  • Register to vote directly through the Onondaga County Board of Election. The Onondaga County Board of Elections is located at 1000 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse NY 13204. Call their office at (315) 435-8683

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'm studying abroad, can I still vote while away?

Find out more by following this link votefromabroad.org

  • 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 New York see the NYS Board of Elections Absentee Ballot page.

If you live outside of New York, you must contact your local board of elections. To find your local board of elections, please visit the website below:

Vote.Gov

New York Dates and Deadlines

April 28, 2020 - Primary Deadlines

Applications Due: Postmarked by April 8, 2020

In Person Registration: April 3, 2020

Change of Address: April 8, 2020

Absentee Ballot Application or Request: Postmarked by April 21, 2020

Absentee Ballot Due: Postmarked by April 27, 2020

November 3, 2020- General Election

Applications Due: TBD

In Person Registration and Change of Party Enrollment: TBD

Change of Address: TBD

Absentee Ballot Application or Request: TBD

Absentee Ballot Due: TBD

 

Additional Information/Resources

First Time Voters Guide

Rock the Vote


If you have questions, please call our office at (315) 470-6660 or visit the NVRA website:

Student Support Links

Office of Student Support
110 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6660
315-470-4728 (fax)
studenthelp@esf.edu

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If you need ESF Police, call x6667 from any campus phone or (315) 470-6667.

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  • Crisis Services After-Hours/ Weekends: 315-470-4716

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