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Voter Registration Information

Voting is an important part of our civic duty.  For many of you, this year’s election may be the first time that you are eligible to vote and we wanted to provide some information to assist you in understanding what you need to do in order to be able to vote in this year’s general election on November 7, 2017.  Should you have questions about the voting process, contact Ariel Adams, Program Coordinator of Campus Life at adamsad@potsdam.edu, (315) 267-2013, or at 208 Barrington Student Union.

Complete a Voter Registration Form

You need to complete a voter registration form if (1) you are not already registered to vote, (2) you have changed your name since the last time you registered to vote, and/or (3) you need, or would like, to change the address at which you are registered to vote.  To be eligible to vote in this year’s election, voter registration forms must be mailed to the appropriate County’s Board of Elections by October 13, 2017.  Voter registration forms can be found:

  • Online at http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html (please note that if you choose this option, you must print out the form, SIGN IT, and mail it to the appropriate county board of elections).
  • On campus at the offices of Campus Life (Barrington Student Union room 208) or Accommodative Services (Sisson Hall S128).

Notes for Successfully Completing a Voter Registration Form

  1. When filling out this form, you must complete it in its entirety or it will not be processed.
  2. A voter registration form must be signed.
  3. A voter registration form must include either your NYS Driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number.
  4. If you are registering to vote in Potsdam and you live on campus, you must put your residence hall (e.g. 1055 Bowman East, Potsdam, NY 13676) when they ask for the address at which you live and your Barrington Address for the address at which you get your mail.  This form will need to be mailed to the St. Lawrence County’s Board of Election.
  5. If you are registering to vote at home, you will fill in your home address.  If you get your mail at a PO Box, you will need to put your actual home’s address as the address at which you live and your PO Box for the address at which you get your mail.  This form will need to be mailed to your County’s Board of Elections.
  6. Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 13, 2017.

 If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, or if you would like to know where your polling place is located, you can check your status at: https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.

You Have The Choice To Vote in Potsdam Or At Your Home Address

Every college student can choose whether to vote in his/her home town or in Potsdam.  Two major points to consider when making this decision are:

  1. Where do you want your voice to be heard?  By voting at your home address, you will be able to have a say over the politicians who represent your home town.  Conversely, by voting in Potsdam, you will be able to have a say over the politicians who represent Potsdam.
  2. How do you want to vote?  If you live outside of St. Lawrence County and choose to vote from your home town, you will either need to travel home on Election Day or vote by absentee ballot (see notes below).  If you live within St. Lawrence County, but outside of Potsdam, and choose to vote from your home town, you will need to travel home on Election Day to vote.  If you choose to vote in Potsdam, you will vote at a polling place in town.

 Voting by Absentee Ballot

This section only applies if you are choosing to vote from home, you live outside of St. Lawrence County, and you will not be able to travel home on Election Day.  To vote by absentee ballot, you first need to fill out an absentee ballot application and send it to your County’s Board of Elections.  You can download an absentee ballot application online at http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html.  The Campus Life Office, Barrington Student Union 208, also has application forms available.  This application must be sent into your County’s Board of Election no later than October 31, 2017.  Your county will then send you a ballot.  You must fill out this ballot and send it back to your county no later than November 6, 2017 (Note: this is the day before the general election).