To register to vote, federal law requires that voters be at least 18 years of age by the time of the general election and citizens of the United States. Specific state eligibility requirements and information on registering are available from local election boards.
In New York
Current Deadlines: Applications must be postmarked no later than October 13th and received by a board of elections no later than October 18th to be eligible to vote in the General Election on November 7th. Forms are available at our offices, located at 309 Low Library.
New York City Board of Elections: New York City Board of Elections provides information on upcoming elections, polling locations, and how to become a poll worker.
Columbia Turbo Vote: For those new to the voting process, Columbia Turbo Vote is a tool that makes it easy to register and vote for hometown issues while away at College.
Who's on the Ballot: Who’s on the Ballot provides New York City residents information on polling places, candidates, sample ballots and voter registration information. Who’s on the Ballot is a not-for profit project of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
New York State Board of Elections: New York State Board of Elections provides information on campaign finance rules, voter registration forms, and enrollment verification to confirm your voter registration. Not sure if you're registered to vote in New York State? Visit the NYS Voter Registration search to find out.
Residents of Other States
Most states allow voters to submit a National Mail Voter Registration form. Registration forms, state requirements and information on candidates and issues are available from a number of sites, including Congress.org. For a state by state listing of voter registration deadlines and requirements for both primary and general elections, please go to Project Vote Smart and select your home state from the voter registration drop down menu.
Students living away from home can register either at their home or school address, depending on state law. If you have already registered at home, and you want to register at your school address, you must fill out a local registration form and make note that it is a change of address. It is important to update your registration each time you move.
If you are registered at your home address while you're at school, and wish to cast your ballot in your home district, remember to request an absentee ballot at least 30 days before the election. Check with your state election board for the exact deadline. If you have any questions regarding voter registration, please call the office at 212 854-3117.
If you wish to register at your school address, be sure to use the postal address of your dorm building as your home address, not your campus mail box.
General Voter Education
For additional resources and information on voting in local and national elections, please visit the following sites: