All members of the Hofstra community are encouraged to stop by the voter registration table in the Student Center atrium on Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22, between 9 AM to 5 PM, to register to vote in the upcoming presidential primary.
“Hofstra University is deeply committed to encouraging active youth citizenship in local, national, and global communities,” said Greg Maney, Director for Active Citizenship and Community Partnerships at Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Voting is an important, hard-won right and responsibility for U.S. citizens aged 18 or older. Show your Hofstra Pride by registering to vote if you are eligible.”
The Center for Civic Engagement has partnered with the Nassau County League of Women Voters (NCLWV) and several Hofstra student organizations to lead this initiative. Representatives will be on hand in the Student Center to accept voter registration forms and to provide information about out-of-state and absentee ballots. Completing a voter registration form takes an average of 5 minutes. The NCLWV representative will collect the forms and hand-deliver them to the county Board of Elections office.
Next Friday, March 25 is the deadline to register to vote in the Tuesday, April 19, 2016 New York presidential primary.
If you are unable to complete the form in person on March 21 and 22, here is information about New York and out-of-state voter regulations and online forms:
New York State Residents:
In order to register to vote in New York State, you must be 18 years old or turning 18 by December 31 of the year in which you register and living at your address at least 30 days before an election. (You must be 18 years old by April 19 in order to vote in the primary.) This means you can register or re-register to vote using your residence hall address. Hofstra’s local polling station is at the California Ave School, less than a 10-minute walk from campus.
- Find your current voting poll location based on your registered address.
- To have an application to be mailed to you, call 1-800-FOR-VOTE. You can also fill out the form with the online PDF version. The form must be completed, printed, signed, and mailed or hand-delivered to your county board of elections. (Please note, although forms are available online, there is no online registration.)
Out-of-state students may register to vote by completing and printing the National Mail Voter Registration Form. To order a print version, contact the U.S. Election Assistance Commission at 866-747-1471. After filling out this form, you must send it to a state or local election office for processing. See state-specific instructions included in the form for additional information. The national form also contains voter registration rules, regulations and deadlines for each state and territory.
If there are any questions on the voter registration process, email the Center for Civic Engagement or visit your state’s Board of Election website.