With election day just under a month away, we’d like to remind Ithaca and Tompkins County residents that the deadline for voter registration in New York State is this Saturday, October 15th. Anyone who registers by that date may vote in the November 8th general election.
Tompkins County commissioner of elections Elizabeth W. Cree says the Board of Elections office at 128 East Buffalo Street in Downtown Ithaca will be open this Saturday from 2-9pm for voters who want to register in person, and from 9am-noon the two remaining Saturdays before election day to provide and accept absentee ballots. If you’re mailing your registration form, it must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 14th.
The Tompkins County Board of Elections web site offers links to the New York State voter registration form and military or federal voter registration form, as well as details on obtaining an absentee ballot for voters who will be unable to vote in person on election day. Voters may apply for an absentee ballot in person until 5pm the day before the election, or by mail with a postmark at least seven days before election day.
For our readers in Pennsylvania, the voter registration deadline is today, October 11th.
If you’re not sure whether you’re registered to vote or how to do so, TurboVote offers helpful guidance if you enter your name and the address where you live.
New York State law requires employers to give voters up to two hours off if their work schedule would otherwise prevent them from exercising their right to vote. Check the Tompkins County Board of Elections web site if you’re not sure where your polling place is.