Voter Toolkit

Register to Vote

Visit the NYS Board of Elections website for the latest voter registration qualifications and procedures. Use the NYS Voter Lookup Tool to check your registration info. Register online through the Voter Registration Portal or the DMV.

Paper registration forms are available at the library.

Qualifications to Register to Vote

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18)
  • Be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (learn more about felon registration rights)
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

When to Vote

Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in the month of November or the first Tuesday after November 1. The earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8.

NYS allows early voting. Visit the Onondaga County Board of Elections website for details, election dates and ballots.

Where to Vote

Once registered to vote, you’ll have an assigned polling place based on where you live.

To look up your polling place, visit the NYS Board of Elections Voter Registration website.

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Resources for Kids

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government – Kids visiting this site will learn about the different branches of government, the election process, how laws are made, and more.


iCivics – This site teaches students how government works by having them experience it by playing the role of a judge, a member of Congress, an activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States.