Welcome to your one-stop resource for voter registration and information at The New School. This guide will assist you in registering to vote in New York state or your state of residency for the primary and general elections in 2012. No matter your political affiliation, 2012 is shaping up to be an immensely important year in terms of economic and social issues that affect us all, and we strongly encourage all students, staff and faculty to vote and make an impact on the electoral process. Please consult the links to the left for information about registration, voting, electoral issues, and how to volunteer on campus.
For more information, you may call the Office of Student Development and Activities as 212.229.5687
Registering to Vote in New York State [+]
In order to register to vote in New York State, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you apply, and live at your present address at least 30 days before an election. This means that most New School students can choose to vote in New York by registering with their local addresses or they can register with a home address and vote in that jurisdiction. If you have registered to vote in more than one location because of a move, you should vote at the location in which you registered last.
To be eligible to vote in the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, your registration form must be postmarked or submitted in person by March 30, 2012. To ensure your voter registration form is received and processed in time, submit it at least one week early.
To be eligible to vote in the Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, your registration forms must be postmarked or submitted in person by October 12, 2012. To ensure your voter registration form is received and processed in time, submit it at least one week early.
Ways to Register
- Pick up a voter registration form at the Office of Student Development and Activities at 90 Fifth Avenue, room 209. After completing the voter registration form, the form should be submitted by mail to the nearest Board of Elections office indicated on the form. Postage is pre-paid by the Board of Elections.
- Download a form from the Board of Elections website and mail it in.
- Obtain a voter registration form at a Board of Elections office. The form includes paid postage so you can address it and mail it to the Board of Elections office in your borough. You can also return the form in person to the closest borough office. Locations of borough offices can be found here.
Registering to Vote in Another State [+]
Most students have the option to register to vote at either their home address or their local residence. It’s important to decide where you will register as some states are quite lenient and allow same day voter registration and absentee ballots while others are stricter and require registration a month before the election and restrict out-of-state voting.
Information about voting and registration in all 50 states can be found at Vote411.org. The “Voting in Your State” section is particularly useful because it provides deadlines and residency requirements.
The “Register to Vote” button brings you to a page that asks you to provide your email address, to either enter your zip code or choose your state from a drop down menu, and to select register to vote from the list provided. Once you have supplied this information, you will be taken to a registration wizard that will walk you through the voter registration form for your state.
You might also want to use the “On Your Ballot” section of the Vote411.org website to learn about issues and candidates in your state. Once you enter an address and zip code, the website will provide local candidate biographies, positions, and major issues in the election.
After Submitting Your Voter Registration Form [+]
Check Your Voter Registration Status
Approximately two or three weeks after you submit your form—by mail or to The New School—you should check to make sure that it was received by your local Board of Elections and that you have been entered into the system correctly, so there will be no problem when you arrive at your polling place to vote. Use the following websites to check your voter registration status.
Information about casting a provisional ballot—if your polling place does not show you as a registered voter—is available in the easy-to-use, state-by-state guide of voting procedures assembled by the League of Women Voters on their vote411.org site.
Find Your Polling Place
It is a good idea to find out where you are expected to vote and then to take a few minutes to figure out the best way to get there. The following websites will help you find the location of your polling place.
If you need special accommodations due to injury or disability, contact your local Board of Elections ahead of time to confirm that your polling place is accessible and to request a transfer to another polling place if necessary.
Voter Education [+]
The websites shown below provide information about important local and national issues and candidates.The New School takes no responsibility for the content or viewpoint of these sites.
New York State Registered Political Parties
These parties are officially recognized on New York State ballots. If you choose, you can register as a member of one of these parties when completing your voter registration form.
Non-partisan Voter Information Resources
These websites serve as hubs for non-partisan information about a wide variety of political issues and candidates.
National News Sources
While sometimes partisan, these websites offer daily updates and breaking news on campaigns and political issues that will be timely for the 2012 election.
Volunteering on Campus [+]
The Office of Student Development and Activities (OSDA) will sponsor voter registration drives throughout the spring and fall 2012 semesters, and we need help from students, faculty, and staff. There are two ways you can help register voters on campus.
Volunteer to staff a voter registration table:
- Voter registration tables will be set up in major lobbies throughout the university. Volunteers will be needed to hand out voter registration forms and to inform people about where and how to vote. Shifts at the registration tables will last two hours and almost all schedules can be accommodated. Before staffing a table, volunteers will be required to attend an orientation meeting to learn about voting and registration issues.
Register your fellow students or co-workers:
- Packets with enough forms to register up to 30 individuals are available from the Office of Student Development and Activities. Volunteers can take these packets to their classes or places of work, and then return the completed forms to the Office of Student Development and Activities at 90 Fifth Avenue, room 209.
For more information on volunteering to help with the voter registration drive, contact Nick Krebs at email@example.com or 212.229.5687.