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Voter Education

Presidential Primary Information

Voting is an important part of our civic duty.  Here is some information to assist you in understanding what you need to do in order to be able to vote in this year’s presidential primary election, which will be held in New York on June 23, 2020.

Primary elections are done by political party.  As such, an individual must be registered for a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary election. If you are already registered to vote, your party will be whatever you indicated the last time that you completed a voter register form (to include unaffiliated). If you are not sure if you are registered for a political party, you may check at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. If you are already registered to vote and would like to change your political party, you must complete a voter registration form by following the instructions below and it must be received by the board of elections no later than February 14, 2020.

If you are not yet registered to vote, follow the instructions below to register.


You Should Fill Out A Voter Registration Form If:

  1. You have never registered to vote
  2. You need to change your address or name
  3. You want to enroll or change your political party


Who Is Eligible To Vote By Absentee Ballot?
Anyone who is registered to vote at an address outside of St. Lawrence County will need to vote by absentee ballot.

Note: If you are registered to vote at your home address and that address is within St. Lawrence County, you cannot vote by absentee ballot; you must travel to your hometown and vote at your polling place.


On-campus Voter Registration Coordinator
St. Lawrence County Board of Elections

Ariel Adams
Draime 2nd Floor Ext.
Email: adamsad@potsdam.edu
Phone: (315) 267-273880 State Highway 310
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2202
Fax: (315) 386-2737

 

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.