Making a Voting Plan (includes know your rights)

Actually Voting

First, we’ll talk about absentee ballots, then your voting plan and finally, knowing your rights. Share this with others!

Absentee ballot deadlines: October 27 is the last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot. However, be careful - the Post Office says they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election. Nov. 3 is the last day to postmark a ballot (but be careful - it must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 10) or bring it to the local Board of Elections or a polling place in person. To request an absentee ballot online: go here. For everything there is to know about absentees ballots in NYS, go here. 


Make a voting plan  

1. Vote early in person, if you can. Your vote will go directly into the system and be counted on election day. Early voting: Oct. 24-Nov.1. Six locations in Onondaga County. Details here.

2. Absentee Ballot, drop if off in person. Details here. Reduce the load to the USPS and drop it off.  To check the status of your absentee ballot, go here.

3.  Absentee Ballot, mail it in. Details here. Do it as soon as possible. NOTE: Absentee ballots, delivered in person or by US Mail, will all be counted after Election Day. To check the status of your absentee ballot, go here.

4. Election Day Voting. Try to get it done earlier. (Trump has promised that there will be chaos on Election Day.) 

5. For people not living in Onondaga County. If you live in NYS, find your county Board of Elections here. And for information for your friends in other states:  The Best Way to Vote in Every State 


Know Your Rights Resources

Before filling out your ballot, knowing your rights is crucial. It is also crucial in any election protection work you do.

  • The ACLU has some great information here and here on how to exercise your voting rights, resist voter intimidation efforts, and access disability-related accommodations and language assistance at the polls.
  • Listen to the ACLU’s weekly podcast “At the Polls” – an every Tuesday special 2020 voting podcast series leading up to the presidential election Each week we'll answer a new question on the election and your voting rights – from what election night will look like to the latest with USPS. Listen to it here.
  • If you have problems voting or have additional questions, call the national, non-partisan Election Protection hotline:
  1. English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
  2. Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682)
  3. Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)
    Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683