Voting Information

Welcome to the Skidmore College Voter Registration web page. The information on this site is designed to help students - and other members of the Skidmore community - register to vote.

Skidmore actively promotes student voter registration for two reasons. The College is responding to a mandate of the reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act, which requires that colleges and universities make a good-faith effort to provide voter registration forms to all students. Additionally, registering and voting are actions of an informed citizenry, which is a key goal of the College's Strategic Plan.

In order to register to vote, an individual must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old at the time of the next election. Many college students may not be aware that they may register to vote in one of two places: in their college communities, where they will use a voting machine; or in their hometown, typically via absentee ballot. The Skidmore campus has been designated a voting site by the city of Saratoga Springs, allowing the placement of a voting machine on campus for every election.

AVote!ny member of the Skidmore community who wishes to register and vote in New York State may obtain a form for this purpose online. Students completing the form are reminded to list their residence hall (i.e., Jonsson Tower) as their residence address. Please do not list a P.O. Box as a campus residence address. Students who reside off campus must provide street addresses as their residential address. This may mean that their polling place will be different than the on-campus site. (Registered voters will be informed via postcard of the location of their polling place before election day.) Throughout the first few weeks of the fall semester, many campus organizations will be sponsoring non-partisan voter drives at the Tang Museum, Case Center, and the Dining Hall Atrium. 

For information on registration deadlines, please see the New York State Board of Elections website.

For information on deadlines for Election Day 2016, please click here.


Fall 2016 Political or Election-related Events

Fifty Ways to Love Your Framers by Gordon Lloyd
Friday, September 16, 5:00 p.m., Tang Museum

In celebration of Constitution Day, Gordon Lloyd delivers the Judge David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence, co-sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Institute, Skidmore College Political Science Department, and Tang Teaching Museum as part of the exhibition A More Perfect Union.

Turkey in Turmoil: Life and Politics After the Failed Coup by Feryaz Ocakli
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m., Tang Museum
Join us for a talk exploring the recent coup attempt in Turkey by Feryaz Ocakli, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

SGA Rock the Vote Festival
Friday, September 23, 3:00—6:00 p.m., Tang Museum
Come cast your vote for Student Government Association and celebrate with live performances and activities by Skidmore students, refreshments, raffle prizes, and more!

Curator’s Tour of A More Perfect Union with Dayton Director Ian Berry
Wednesday, September 28, 5:00 p.m., Tang Museum

An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas: Immigration Policy and the 2016 Election
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m., Tang Museum
A talk by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media publisher. Co-sponsored by Skidmore College Speakers Bureau, Political Science Department, and Latin American Studies Department.

Debate Watch Parties
Tang Museum
Live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates with refreshments and post-debate reflections.

     • September 26, 9:00 – 10:30 pm
     • Tuesday, October 4, 9:0010:30 p.m. (Candidates for vice president)
     Sunday, October 9, 9:0010:30 p.m. (Candidates for president)
     • Wednesday, October 19, 9:0010:30 p.m. (Candidates for president)

Guilt, Shame and Climate Change
Environmental Studies and Sciences Keynote Lecture by Jennifer Jacquet
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m., 
Tang Museum
Jennifer Jacquet, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University and and author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool, delivers this year’s keynote lecture for the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program. Jacquet’s research focuses on the social science of cooperation dilemmas, with specific interests in overfishing and climate change. Sponsored by the Skidmore College Environmental Studies and Sciences Program.

"What Happened to Compromise?"
Dialogue with Congressmen Chris Gibson and Paul D. Tonko, moderated by Alexander Heffner

Monday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Tang Museum

Join us for a dialogue with our local Congressmen, Chris Gibson, the U.S. Representative of New York's 19th Congressional district, and Paul D. Tonko, the U.S. Representative of New York's 20th Congressional district. Moderated by Alexander Heffner, the host of PBS's The Open Mind, the conversation will range in topics from the upcoming elections to the future of civil discourse in America. Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Saratoga Springs City Charter Public Hearing
Tuesday, October 11, 7:00—9:00 p.m., 
Tang Museum
The Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission holds a public hearing in A More Perfect Union. The Charter Review Commission reviews and proposes revisions or amendments to the current city charter, a document that defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures of the city government.

Gina Leigh Duncan lecture
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., 
Tang Museum
A talk by Gina Leigh Duncan, Director of Transgender Inclusion, Equality Florida Action. Sponsored by the Skidmore College Political Science Department.

Saratoga ArtsFestFridays
Friday, November 4, 5:00 pm—7:30 p.m., 
Tang Museum
ArtsFestFriday presents an evening of activities and performances exploring American history and the Saratoga Springs region, featuring Caitskill-based artist Brian Dewan. ArtsFestFridays are free, entertainment-filled events in Saratoga Springs. 

Folk’d Up Country
Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., 
Tang Museum
A program of experimental folk music on Election Night Eve offers restoration in preparation for the big day. Headlined by the international trio Powerdove.

Election Night Extravaganza
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.—midnight, 
Tang Museum
Join us for a full evening of dialogue, activities, and refreshments with live coverage of the voting results.

Dunkerley Dialogue with Mel Ziegler
Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Tang Museum
Artist Mel Ziegler joins Skidmore faculty in dialogue about his new work Flag Exchange. The Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley, '80.

New Theater Piece by Michael San Roman '17
Friday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Tang Museum
The debut of a new piece by Skidmore College Theater major Michael San Roman '17 created in response to the landmark 2015 United States Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted same-sex couples the right to marry and required all states to license same-sex marriages.