Information for the 2020 Election

by Diana Gilday


The outside of the SUNY Purchase Athletics Building (image via http://kgdarchitects.com/suny-purchase-college-physical-education-building/)

Election day is going to look a little bit different this year due to the pandemic and college students being scattered across the country.


At the time of publishing, early voting has already started across the 50 states, with the exception of Connecticut, Deleware, Missippi, Missouri, Oregon and Washington.


For students who are living on campus or are registered to vote in Westchester County, there are a number of polling places available to early vote. Early Voting in NY ends on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.


(Image via https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/early-voting-2020)

If students are registered in other counties, visit https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/. On this site, not only can you see where you can early vote, but also learn who is on the ballot in your county.


(Image via https://www.sightline.org/2020/08/27/pennsylvanias-fight-over-election-drop-boxes/)

If you plan on using an absentee ballot, make sure that your ballot is postmarked before Nov. 3 to secure that your vote will be counted. Visit https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-track-your-absentee-ballot-by-state to see how to track your ballot once it has been mailed.


Another option voters have when voting absentee is to drop it off at a ballot box. Visit the website https://www.vote.org/dropbox-locator/ and enter your address to find out where your nearest ballot box is.


If a student on Purchase's campus plans on voting in person on Nov. 3, the Physical Education building will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If a student wants to vote on campus, they must make sure that they are registered to vote with their on-campus address.


On election day, NYPIRG will have a Student Voter Helpline active from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If a student needs help finding where their polling site is, file a complaint etc. they should call their experts at 212-822-0282.

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