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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Qualifications to Register to Vote in New York State

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Voter Registration Forms

Available in the Office of Student Involvement (Campus Center 130) and Student Association (Campus Center 116). Or, download a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form. Please visit this link for information about registering to vote in other states.

Should I Register to Vote at School or at Home?

As a UAlbany student, you may register to vote in the county associated with your permanent address or here with the Albany County Board of Elections. The place where you vote will be determined by the most recent voter registration form filed with the Board of Elections.

Voting at home may be your preference if you have an interest in voting for candidates that represent your home town. An absentee ballot will allow you to vote if you're unable to return to your home county on Election Day.

If you are currently registered to vote and wish to transfer your registration to Albany or another county, you may re-register by filling out a new registration form with your local address.

Voter Registration Deadlines:

September 13, 2016 New York State and Local Primary Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than August 19th and received by a board of elections no later than August 24th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than August 19th.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 24th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State & Local Primary.

November 8, 2016 General Election Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by a board of elections no later than October 19th to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 14th.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 19th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.


2016 Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines

If you are registered in another New York State county and will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you may request a New York State absentee ballot application.

To request an absentee ballot to vote outside of New York State, visit the Board of Elections web site for your home county.

FOR STATE AND LOCAL PRIMARY ELECTION

Date Deadline Information
Sept. 6 Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.
Sept. 12 Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.
Sept. 12 Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Sept. 20th.
Sept. 13 Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

 

FOR GENERAL ELECTION

Date Deadline Information
Nov. 1 Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.
Nov. 7 Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.
Nov. 7 Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 15th. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 21st.
Nov. 8 Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).