Voter Toolkit

Register to Vote

Visit the NYS Board of Elections website to find a voter registration form.

Qualifications to Register to Vote

  • 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)
  • 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 (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

When to Vote

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. eastern time on Election Day every November. Election Day is usually the first or second Tuesday in November. NYS also now allows early voting, for all the info please visit the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.

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.

Fact-checking & Media Bias

AllSides.com is a website that seeks to expose people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. AllSides uses media bias ratings to provide balanced news, perspectives and issues from across the political spectrum.

 

FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” website for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor 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.

 

PolitiFact.com is an independent fact-checking journalism website aimed at bringing citizens the truth in politics. PolitiFact’s reporters and editors fact-check statements from the White House, Congress, candidates, advocacy groups and more, rating claims for accuracy, providing analysis of the claim and explanation of reasoning, along with links to sources.

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.