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What you should know about voting at UB

The registration deadline for the upcoming general election is on Friday

Young voters walk inside Sweet Home High School to cast their ballot for the 2020 election.
Young voters walk inside Sweet Home High School to cast their ballot for the 2020 election.

UB students will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to cast their vote for mayor of Buffalo and other local races. Incumbent Byron Brown (I) is running a write-in campaign against Democratic nominee India Walton (D) in a showdown the city won’t soon forget.

Eligible voters have until Oct. 8 to register in person at their local Board of Elections or DMV if they want to vote in the general election, according to the NYS BoE Website. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 8 and received by Oct. 13. Registered voters have until Oct. 13 to notify their county BoE of address changes. 

UB’s Student Engagement office has resources available to help students who need to register to vote, according to Phyllis Floro, director of Student Engagement. The Student Engagement office, located at Student Union 150, will continue to hand out voter registration forms through the end of the voter registration period. The office will have a table in the SU Lobby on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., where they will remind students to vote, give them research tools and help them make a voting plan. 

UB will not serve as a polling place this year, but the university will provide transportation to polling locations on Election Day, Floro says. Students registered to vote with an address on North Campus can vote at Sweet Home High School on Sweet Home Road, and students registered on South Campus can do so at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

More voter registration and absentee ballot resources are available on the NYS BoE’s website. 

Jack Porcari is a senior news/features editor and can be reached at 

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Jack Porcari is a senior news/features editor at The Spectrum. He is a political science major with a minor in journalism. Aside from writing and editing, he enjoys playing piano, flow arts, reptiles and activism. 


Grant Ashley is the editor in chief of The Spectrum. He's also reported for NPR, WBFO, WIVB and The Buffalo News. He enjoys taking long bike rides, baking with his parents’ ingredients and recreating Bob Ross paintings in crayon. He can be found on the platform formerly known as Twitter at @Grantrashley. 



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