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How to Vote

Make sure you can vote

We at Vote Oswego believe that everyone who is eligible to vote should vote! Since the inception of our country, from the Women’s Rights Movement to the Civil Rights Movement to the passage of the 26th Amendment, people have fought for the right to vote. The following are the eligibility requirements to be able to vote in New York:

  • A U.S. citizen that is 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote

  • Must be a resident of your present address for at least 30 days before the election.

  • Not in jail or on parole for a felony conviction.

  • Not claiming the right to vote elsewhere, and not adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.

Find your Polling Place

Knowing where you’re registered to vote is essential to actually voting. Depending on where you’re registered to vote, you may have to vote in different ways.

  • If you’re registered to vote in Oswego County then you will have to drive to your designated polling place.

  • If you’re registered to vote outside of Oswego County, then you will need to vote by absentee ballot, which Vote Oswego can assist you with!

Where you’re registered to vote affects which Offices and candidates you will be voting for!

Check Your Registration Status

Voting in Person

Go to the Polling Place

If you choose to vote in person, then you will go to a polling place along with all other voters in your neighborhood on Election Day. Often located in schools or churches, polling places are held in accessible buildings in a neighborhood and usually open from 6am–9pm for midterm and general elections.

  • When you walk into the polling location, you will give your name to a poll worker who will find you in the voting roll (a large book listing all registered voters for the polling place).

  • The poll worker will give you a ballot and in exchange, you will sign by your name on the voting roll.

  • You will then take your paper ballot over to a small metal stand where you will fill out the scantron.

  • Once you have completed the ballot, you will submit it at an electronic ballot reader by following the instructions on your ballot and the ballot reader. The poll workers can help you will any questions about where you should go or how to submit your ballot.

At the polling place, you are not allowed to take part in any electioneering within 100 feet of the polling place by State law.

So, what exactly is electioneering? Electioneering is openly advocating in support of, or against a specific candidate or issue on the ballot. This law extends to political buttons and pins, but not to political shirts. Anti–electioneering laws are in place to preserve the individual's ability to cast their own ballot of their own thought and will, free from outside influence.

Voting by Absentee

Go to the Absentee Ballot

If you request an absentee ballot from a location outside of Oswego county, you’ll receive a ballot along with a pre-addressed envelope in the mail from the Board of Elections where you registered.

  • Complete the ballot, put it in the provided envelope, add a stamp, and put it in the mail!

  • In order for your ballot to be counted, it must be postmarked (mailed) the day before Election Day.

  • You will then take your paper ballot over to a small metal stand where you will fill out the scantron.