Election 2016: Register, Research, and Vote

With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions over, the presidential nominations from the two major U.S. political parties are official: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the general election is less than hundred days away. Here are resources to help you get ready to vote.

September 13, 2016 State and Local Primary Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
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 (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
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 (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
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 (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
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 (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at the Onondaga County Board of Elections , 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 (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
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.

For more information and New York absentee ballot information, visit elections.ny.gov.

Deadlines:

November 1: Last Day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.

November 7: Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.

November 7: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than November 15. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than November 21. 

November 8: Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter.)

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). 

Voter Qualifications

The qualifications for voting in New York State are as follows:
• Be a U. S. citizen
• Be 18 years old by the date of the primary, general or other election
• Live at your present address at least 30 days before an election
• Not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction and
• Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Register To Vote

Not sure if you're registered? Check voter status at NYSVoter Public Information - Voter Registration Search.

Register to vote in New York for the first time, or update name, address, or party affiliation.
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NYS's Voter Bill of Rights from LWVNY.org

You may obtain a voter registration application by calling the Onondaga County Board of Elections at (315) 435-8683, The New York State Board of Elections Hot Line at 1-800-FOR-VOTE or, by filling out the on-line voter application request form.

In addition to the Department of Motor Vehicles, you may apply to register to vote at any of the following New York State agency offices.

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled
  • Department of Health - WIC Program
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of State
  • Division of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Military Recruiting Offices
  • Office for the Aging
  • Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
  • Office of Mental Health
  • Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
  • Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Workers’ Compensation Board

Find Your Polling Place

  • Primary for Local State Offices - September 13, 2016
  • General Election - November 8, 2016
  • Polls open 6 AM to 9 PM
  • Poll Site Locator & Sample Ballot Display
  • Call the Board of Elections: Phone: (315) 435-8683

Find Your Districts and Current Representatives

Who Represents Me? Enter your zip code of the VoteSmart page to fine your current representatives.

Federal The White HouseU.S. SenateU.S. House of Representatives

State NY State GovernorNY State Attorney GeneralNew York State ComptrollerNew York State SenateNew York State Assembly

Local Onondaga CountyCity of Syracuse

Research the Issues

Vote Smart bills itself as "the voter's self-defense system." It contains voting records, biographies, issue positions, interest group ratings, speeches, and campaign finances for all politicians. It also features "VoteEasy," a tool that lets you compare your personal views to those of candidates running for office.

Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims "to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics." The site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

Public Agenda aims to help communities and the nation solve tough problems through research, engagement and communications.

Scout is a project from Sunlight Foundation that lets you search for keywords for issues that matter to you in state and federal legislation. Create an alert to notify you of new additions matching your search query.

The Opposing Viewpoints series contains information on nearly 5,000 current social topics in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites and multimedia. See also Newsbank America’s News, Gannett Newsstand and InfoTrac Newsstand for current local, regional, national and international newspaper articles. Each of these databases is accessible online with your OCPL library card)

Research the Candidates

Vote411 - the online voters' guide from the League of Women Voters allows you to type in your address to see the races on your ballot. Candidates' positions can be compared side-by-side, and you may print out your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

The Internet Archive launched TV News Search and Borrow in 2012 "to enhance the capabilities of journalists, scholars, teachers, librarians, civic organizations and other engaged citizens" by repurposing closed captioning "to enable users to search, quote and borrow U.S. TV news programs." It contains 1,074,000 news programs collected over 4+ years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Research Campaign Finance and Government Information

Federal Election Commission "administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections."

OpenSecrets.org: Center for Responsive Politics is "a nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy."

NYOpenGovernment.com is an effort by the state Attorney General’s office to "promote citizens' right to know and to monitor governmental decision-making. It allows you to easily access statewide government information, which until now has been scattered or difficult to retrieve."

Sunlight Foundation has numerous project websites and apps to help you track influence, discover the inner workings of congress, and track legislation and public policy.

Follow the Money: The National Institute on Money in State Politics - "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. Provides a campaign-finance database and issue analyses." Encourages "transparency and promotes independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large."

Polling Report – is an independent, non-partisan resource on trends in American public opinion.

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