At SUNY Optometry, we strive to cultivate an environment that encourages a sense of community, inclusion, institutional pride as well as encourages a collective purpose and shared responsibility. Your vote matters and can have an important impact on both local and federal elections. Make sure that you are registered to vote so that your voice is heard.

This site is intended to provide students and employees with non-partisan voter registration information, procedures, and forms. It is important for college students to register to vote because many of the issues impact students directly.

Campus Voter Registration Contact:
Vito J. Cavallaro
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Director of Financial Aid
SUNY State College of Optometry | 33 West 42nd Street, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-938-5507 | E-mail:

Voter Eligibility

In order to register to vote, and to vote in New York, you must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this [voter registration] form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • 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.
Absentee Voting

You may be eligible to vote through an absentee ballot if you meet the following criteria:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are a primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
How to Obtain an Absentee Ballot

Complete the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form online.

The application form must either be personally delivered to the county board of elections no later than the day before the election, or be postmarked by a governmental postal service no later than the seventh day before the election.

Additional Information

Please visit the New York Board of Elections website or contact the New York City Board of Elections.

New York City Board of Elections
32 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-487-5300 | Fax: 212-487-5349 | Email: