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Student Voting

National Voter Registration Act

Voter Registration Compliance Mandates

New York State:

1995 Section 5-211 of the New York State Election Law, amended to conform to the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act, mandates that State University campuses develop a program to provide each student with a voter registration application at the beginning of each school year and during January of a presidential election year (so twice in one year during an election year).

All campuses must update their campus voter registration coordinator with SUNY System Administration at the beginning of the August prior to a national Presidential Election.


The National Voter Registration Act (TITLE 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 20 - ELECTIVE FRANCHISE, SUBCHAPTER I-H - NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION, §1973gg) requires SUNY Disability Services offices ask students if they want to register to vote when they request accommodations through the office.

Office of University Life, Voter Registration website

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The information contained on the SUNY Compliance website is for general campus guidance only and is not intended, nor can be relied upon, as legal advice or the imposition on SUNY campuses of specific policies or requirements. The site is intended to be an informational-only clearinghouse for some of the laws, rules, and regulations that may impact the State University of New York’s campuses. Additionally, given the rapid, changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be delays or omissions contained on this site which therefore cannot be relied upon as complete. For complete compliance information, consult your campus compliance officials. For legal advice, consult your lawyer.