Voting

Upcoming Elections


Local Village Elections
Tuesday, March 19, 2024:
Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Trumansburg

Tuesday, April 23, 2024:
Lansing

Polls open from noon to 9 PM

Important Deadlines for Village Elections:
March 8 Last day for voter to register with Board of Elections to vote in village election.
March 8 Last day for Board of Elections to receive application for an absentee ballot.
March 8 Last day for an early mail-in ballot to be mailed to a voter.
March 18 Last day for applicant (or their agent) to personally deliver an application for an absentee or early mail-in ballot to the Board of Elections.
March 26 Last day for Board of Elections to certify results.

Cayuga Heights:
Mayor (1) – 2 Year Term
Trustee (3) – 2 Year Term
Village Justice (1) – 4 Year Term
Polling Places:
First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Rd, Cayuga Heights, NY 14850
Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 N. Triphammer Rd, Cayuga Heights, NY 14850

Dryden:
Trustee (2) – 2 Year Term
Polling Place: Village Hall, 16 South St., 2nd floor Dryden, NY 13053

Freeville:
Trustee (2) – 2 Year Term
Mayor (1) – 2 Year Term
Polling Place: Freeville Village Hall, 5 Factory Street, Freeville, NY 13068
For information about Freeville elections, contact the Village Clerk at 607-844-8301

Groton:
Trustee (2) – 2 Year Term
Polling Place: Village Office, 143 E. Cortland St, Groton, NY 13073

Trumansburg:
Trustee (2) – 4 Year Term
Polling Place: Village Hall 56 E. Main St Trumansburg, NY 14886

For info about who the candidates are, see the Tompkins County Board of Elections website


Tuesday, April 2, 2024
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY in NYS
To find your polling place, go to:
https://tompkinscountyny.gov/boe/maps

Early Voting:
Early Voting: March 23 – 30, 2024

Some important deadlines:
February 14, 2024
Last day to Change Party Enrollment for the Primaries in April and June.
The voter registration form should be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party.
An application to change one’s party enrollment for the primary election in any year must be received by the board of elections no later than February 14th of that year.
Changes received on or after February 15th until seven days after the June Primary will be set aside and opened seven days following the June Primary and entered in the voter’s registration record.

March 23 Last day voter registration must be received by BOE’s by MAIL or IN PERSON.

April 1 Last day to apply IN PERSON for an absentee ballot

April 2 Last day to postmark ballot and the postmarked ballot envelope must be received by the BOE by April 9, 2024.

April 2 Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local Board of Elections or to any poll site in your county.


Future Elections

May 21, 2024 – School Board Elections
June 25, 2024Primary Election, Polls Open 6 AM To 9 PM
November 5, 2024General Election, Polls Open 6 AM To 9 PM


**Important Information Regarding Changes In Absentee Voting**
New York State has recently enacted a law that will change the ability of voters who have applied for an absentee ballot to vote in person on the voting machine.
In the past, voters who applied for an absentee ballot could change their minds and vote in person on a voting machine either during early voting or on Election Day. Their absentee ballots, if completed and sent in to the Board of Elections, would then be set aside unopened.
With this new law, voters who have applied for an absentee ballot may still go to the polls on Election Day, but they will no longer be able to vote on the machine. If they wish to vote in-person, it will be by affidavit ballot only. If you have any questions about this law, please call the Board of Elections at (607) 274-5522.

Additional details for this and future elections are posted on the
Tompkins County Board of Elections website 
=> in the left-hand column, under the heading Political Calendars.


Voters’ Guide

provided a week or two before elections

Vote411.org


VOTE411’s Voter Guide is a national, non-partisan election resource that provides a “one-stop shop” for election related information, including when, where, and how to vote, in-person or with an absentee ballot.

Using WWW.VOTE411.ORG voters can simply enter their home address to learn which elections are being held within their specific districts. Information on each candidate, including their background, and responses to questions on their priorities and issues of concern to voters, are also available.

Launched as a community service in 2006 by the League of Women Voters, VOTE411 has helped people participate in elections, whether they are first-time voters or seasoned veterans at the ballot box. Voters can simply enter their home address to learn which elections are being held within their specific district and they can browse by state to explore other election resources. 

Every election is different, and VOTE411 provides the up-to-date information needed for each election, including how to register; candidate profiles; early and absentee voting opportunities; and election day polling places, dates and times. 

In addition, VOTE411 includes information on public forums and debates. To find information on local forums hosted by the League, you can also check https://lwvtompkins.org/voting/#votingforums

Read More about Vote411 History => Our Favorite Vote411 Moments


Candidate Forums and Recordings

Monday, March 4, 2024, 7 to 9 pm – Candidates Forum, Auditorium, Kendal at Ithaca
Cayuga Heights Village Election: Mayor

Candidates: Meloney McMurry (former trustee), Linda Ann Woodard (incumbent)
In person with online streaming for those unable to attend
Email questions before the event to: pres.tclwv@gmail.com  Questions will be collected in writing from the in-person audience.  We are unlikely to be able to accept questions from the online audience, but if we are able to do so via email during the evening, we will announce this before the event. Sponsored by LWV Tompkins County.

CANDIDATE FORUM RECORDINGS
Ithaca City Thursday, June 8, 2023
are now available on our YouTube channel
link for All Candidate Opening Statements
link for individual Ward breakout sessions
link for Ward 1:
Kayla Matos, Cynthia Brock
link for Ward 2:
Aryeal Jackson, West Fox, Kris Haines-Sharp
link for Ward 3:
David Shapiro, Nathan Sitaraman
link for Ward 5:
Clyde Lederman, D. Jason Houghton
(2-year term)
Michelle Song, Margaret Fabrizio
(4-year term)

Links to Ithaca Voice audio recordings and articles about this Forum:
Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 5

LWV, Tompkins, often facilitates candidate fora in weeks before elections.
Upcoming fora and recordings of past fora are posted here.


Voting in Tompkins County

Tompkins County Board of Elections: http://tompkinscountyny.gov/boe 
128 East Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5522

Provides a wide array of important information for voters including, local election calendars, offices to be filled, registration and absentee ballot forms and directions.

Board of Elections sources: 
Check your registration status and find out where to vote https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/  
How to register to vote https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html 
Absentee ballots https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html
Absentee deadlines https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html#AbsenteeDeadlines 

Voter Registration FormsEnglish  or  Spanish
Mail to:
Tompkins Court House Annex
128 E. Buffalo St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

INFORMATION FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS and YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE


Election District Maps

Download this map of City of Ithaca NY Wards

Tompkins County Election Districts and Maps
-> includes Polling locations

New York State Election District Maps (Assembly, Senate Congressional)


Redistricting

Newly Finalized Districts

All of Tompkins County will be in the newly created:
52nd NY State Senate District
and
19th Congressional District (Federal U.S. House of Representatives)

For information about Redistricting 2021-2022 & People Powered Fair Maps NYS,
see the NY State League’s 2021-22 Redistricting

View the 2023 Assembly Plan Interactive Map Link Here

The League of Women Votes of Tompkins County (LWVTC) together with LWV of Cortland County worked intensively during the State redistricting process to ensure the voices of all members of our two counties were heard by the NYSIRC.


Find Your Elected Officials

Federal & State Officials
Tompkins County Elected Officials (list of all the Elected Officials)
Identify your Election Districts by:

  • entering your home address in VOTE411
    OR
  • using the maps section above

Useful Contacts

Tompkins County Board of Elections
128 East Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone:  607-274-5522

New York State Board of Elections
40 North Pearl Street – Suite 5
Albany, NY 12207. 
Phone: 518-474-6220; For TDD/TTY, call the NYS Relay 711

The League of Women Voters of Tompkins County

Voter Services Committee:

The League of Women Voters of Tompkins County, Voter Services Committee, needs new members! We have many requests for assistance. Please send a note if you are a member of, or would like to join, the League, and can help with one or more activities.

Contact: lwvtompkins@gmail.com

The League of Women Voters of New York State

The League of Women Voters United States