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Voter Education

Voting is an important part of our civic duty.  This web page provides information about how to obtain voter registration forms and absentee ballots as well as links to Board of Elections offices in counties throughout New York state.

For information about New York state election dates, guidelines and various processes, refer to the New York State Board of Elections webpage. You can also search for information at your county board of elections. Find County Board of Elections Information Here (PDF)

SUNY Potsdam’s Voter Registration Coordinator
Ariel Adams
Draime 2nd Floor Ext.
Phone: (315) 267-2738

St. Lawrence County Board of Elections
State Highway 310
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2202
Fax: (315) 386-2737


SUNY Potsdam’s Office of Accommodative Services is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) voter registration site. (Read More)

Voter Registration Forms

Where Can I find Registration Forms:

  1. Online
  2. At your County Board of Elections
    Contact information for your county board of elections (PDF)
  3. On campus at the Campus Life Office (Draime Ext. 2nd Floor) or Accomodative Services (Sisson 111)

Pointers For Filling Out The Form:

  1. College students can register to vote in Potsdam OR at home.
  2. If you are registering to vote in Potsdam AND you live on campus, you must list your Residence Hall room as the “Address where you live” (e.g. 1055 Bowman East) and your Barrington Address as the address “Where you get your mail.”
  3. You must provide either your DMV license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number (or indicate you don’t have either) for your form to be processed.
  4. You will not be registered to vote if you do not sign the form.

Submit Your Form:
Voter Registration forms need to be sent to the Board of Elections in the county in which
you are registering to vote. The address should be on the form, but can also be found
here (PDF)

How Do I Know It Worked:
You will receive a voter registration card in the mail. You can also check your
registration status and polling station online.

NOTE: This information is based on NYS election procedures. If you live out of state, contact your state’s Board of Elections for voter information. For questions, contact Ariel Adams, adamsad@potsdam.edu, (315) 267-2738 or stop by the Campus Life Office, Draime Ext. 2nd Floor.

Absentee Ballots

How Do I Get An Absentee Ballot?

  1. Online
  2. At your County Board of Elections
    Contact information for your county board of elections (PDF)
  3. On campus at the Campus Life Office (Draime Ext. 2nd Floor) or Accomodative Services (Sisson 111)

What Do I Do With The Application Once I Get It?

  • Check the box indicating that you need an absentee ballot because you will be absent from your county or NYC on election day.
  • Check the box indicating that you are requesting an absentee ballot for the general election.
  • Fill out your personal information asked for in sections 3-5. Note that the address being asked for in section 5 is your home address.
  • Complete section 7 by indicating where your absentee ballot can be mailed.
  • Sign your request and mail it to your county’s Board of Elections.
    Contact information for your county board of elections (PDF)

NOTE: This information is based on NYS election procedures. If you live out of state, contact your state’s Board of Elections for voter information. For questions, contact Ariel Adams, adamsad@potsdam.edu, (315) 267-2738 or stop by the Campus Life Office, Draime Ext. 2nd Floor.