Voting

Updates and Alerts

Resolution Passes Establishing Special Election for District Three

Thursday, November 17, 2022 – From the County Legislature
A resolution establishing a special election for the Third Legislative District, scheduled for January 24, 2023, passed unanimously, 13-0. Now that the date has been declared the Board of Elections will establish the Political Calendar, which will be posted to the website and mailed to the local party chairs. Local parties will nominate candidates for the race to fill the late Legislator Henry Granison’s seat. Read more

The 3rd County Legislative District is comprised of the following Election Districts: 

  • City of Ithaca, Ward 1, Districts 3 
  • City of Ithaca, Ward 3, Districts 2 & 3

Click to see a map –> the 3 in red on the right-hand map (light blue background) is the 3rd county legislative district


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.

VOTE411 Voters’ Guide https://www.vote411.org/  for the Tompkins County 3rd Legislative District special election will be available by January 10, 2023

Election Day: January 24, 2023

Early Voting: January 14-22, 2023


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 more Redistricting information, see the NY State League’s 2021-22 Redistricting


Some History . . .

FINAL NY Congressional (House of Representatives) and NY Senate maps released (May 22)

The NYS Assembly Redistricting is now being challenged  (2 May 2022) – read more

NYS Court of Appeals requires maps for the US Congressional and NYS Senate seats to be redrawn (27 April 2022)

The court indicated that they expected this to postpone the primary for these races until August. Currently, the primary for the statewide office (Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General and Comptroller) and the NYS Assembly seats are still scheduled for June.

At this time, we do not know if we will still have two primaries (June and August) or if they will combine them into one primary in August. The League will be advocating to consolidate the primaries into one in August, but nothing is known yet. Read the NYS League’s press release.

NYS Supreme Court Invalidates Election Districts (31 March 2022)

The NYS Supreme Court have invalidated the Congressional, NYS Senate, and NYS Assembly district lines (see below for districts that had been signed into law). The Court found that the Legislature had failed to follow the Constitutional process approved by voters in 2014, and that the Congressional lines also violated the new anti-gerrymandering provisions of the Constitution. Here’s an article about it: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/judge-rejects-new-yorks-redistricting-plan-orders-new-maps/2022/03/31/42a1246c-b137-11ec-9dbd-0d4609d44c1c_story.html

Here is the NYS League’s full statement. Please share this widely on your social media pages: https://lwvtompkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Statement-on-court-decision-March-31-2022.pdf


REDISTRICTING IN TOMPKINS COUNTY
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

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. LWVTC is now working to ensure that the voices of everyone in Tompkins County are heard by the Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission. However, voices can only be heard if they are raised.

Share Your Public Comment on the Proposed Map, May 9, 2022

We invite the public either to register for the purpose of making comments at our next scheduled meeting on May 10 at 5:30 p.m., or to submit written comments via the Tompkins County Redistricting website.  To facilitate the work of the Commission, we would ask the public whenever possible to relate their comments to the statutory criteria for redistricting spelled out in this Narrative.

Register to Attend or Provide Written Comments

            Based on the comments received at the public meeting on May 10, the Independent Redistricting Commission will meet again on May 24 to determine whatever modifications to the draft proposed map may be necessary or desirable and to develop a final report to be submitted to the Government Operations Committee of the County Legislature by June 2.

LWV, NYS Statement on Failure of Independent Redistricting Commission, January 25, 2022

LWV, NYS Letter to Legislative Leaders Regarding Redistricting, January 26, 2022


VOTE411

VOTE411 is a national, non-partisan election resource that provides a “one-stop shop” for all the information you need to register and cast your ballot, including when, where, and how to vote. 

In addition to many local government positions being up for election or re-election in Tompkins County, there will also be important state proposals on the ballot related to voting rights and the environment.

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


Voters’ Guide

VOTE411 Voters’ Guide https://www.vote411.org/  for the Tompkins County 3rd Legislative District special election will be available by January 10, 2023

Election Day: January 24, 2023

Early Voting: January 14-22, 2023

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.

Voters’ Guides will be provided a week or two before elections.


Candidate Forums and Recordings

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

Senate District 52 Debate – Presented by WSKG News

A debate between candidates Lea Webb (D) and Rich David (R) will be presented on WSKG News radio and live stream on Facebook Live October 20 at 12:00 PM.

Senate District 52 includes Tompkins, Cortland, and western Broome counties!

Submit your questions here: https://wskg.org/52debate/

https://fb.me/e/1IzqhJKDN is the event link.


Election Calendar

VOTE411 Voters’ Guide https://www.vote411.org/  for the Tompkins County 3rd Legislative District special election will be available by January 10, 2023

Election Day: January 24, 2023

Early Voting: January 14-22, 2023


Additional details for future elections with be posted on the Tompkins County Board of Elections website https://www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/boe  in the left-hand column, under the heading Political Calendars.


Voting in Tompkins County

Voter’s Guide for Tompkins County – Comprehensive voter information

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


Find Your Elected Officials

Federal & State Officials:
Enter address + zip, press return, then scroll down

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 just below

Election District Maps

Tompkins County Election Districts and Maps 
-> includes Polling locations

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


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