Registering to Vote

Registering to Vote

College students can vote in their home district or at school. For the 2016 elections, Election@Bard and the Center for Civic Engagement have teamed up to kickstart the 90/90 initiative: our goal is registering at least 90% of eligible students  to vote and having at least 90% voter turnout on Election Day. 

Register to Vote Locally:

On-Campus Residents

On-campus residents who wish to vote locally, in-person, may download a pre-formatted form below. On election day, we provide free polling-place shuttles for on-campus registered voters. Your on-campus registration remains active until you move off-campus.

You must input your Bard College mailbox number in the blank field, MSC#___. For Section 13, you must input either your NYS Driver's License number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
For free mailing, drop your form off at the Campus Center Voter Registration Dropbox.
If you would like a free voter registration form and help registering, drop by the Center for Civic Engagement (Manor Gatehouse). 

Register to Vote Locally:

Off-Campus Students

Off-campus residents are located in different voting districts and must register to vote using their off-campus housing addresses. Students should re-register at their new address if they have moved since their previous registration. Once they have been successfully registered to vote, off-campus residents will receive a postcard informing them of their polling place.

For Section 13, you must input either your NYS Driver's License number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

For free mailing, drop your form off at the Campus Center Voter Registration Dropbox.
If you would like a free voter registration form and help registering, drop by the Center for Civic Engagement (Manor Gatehouse). 

Vote by Mail:

In Your Home State

Some states allow for voting by mail, commonly referred to as absentee voting. Voting by mail is usually a two step process, you must: 
  1. Register to Vote In Your Home State.
  2. Submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form. Be sure to confirm whether your home state allows first-time voters to vote by mail.

I forgot . . .

. . . am I aready registered?

Use the website linked here to confirm whether you're already registered by choosing a state and inputting the required identifying information.


2015 Training Manual

Students, faculty, and staff of Bard College may download the 2015 Election@Bard Voter Registration Training Manual: