A Message from the President: It’s Constitution Day – Be Counted

Office of the President

Census, Voter Registration, and Absentee Ballot Deadlines Are Coming Fast

Dear colleagues,

Today is Constitution Day. Not just a nod to history, it reminds us that each of us has the right to be counted and heard. If you have not already done so, please take time to complete the census form and register to vote.

A complete and accurate census count is essential. Without it, New Yorkers could lose representation, resources, and federal funds that are critical to CUNY and The Graduate Center. As of late August, New York City’s response rate was just over 56%, lower than the national rate. The deadline to participate is at the end of this month. If you have not already completed your census form, please do so today so that you will be counted.

The New York deadlines to register to vote and request an absentee ballot for the November 3 general election are approaching; please see the key dates below. It’s not too soon to take those steps today. Exercise your constitutional right and make your voice heard.


Robin L. Garrell

September 30: The 2020 census count ends
The census, as stated in the Constitution and affirmed recently in federal court, must count all people living in the United States.
You can participate by mail, phone, and online.

October 9: Deadline in New York state to register to vote to be eligible for the general election
This includes mail and in-person registration. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020, and received no later than October 14, 2020.

New York Absentee Ballot Deadlines:
All New Yorkers may request absentee ballots.
October 27: Last day to apply online, by email, fax, or to postmark by mail
November 2: Last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot
November 3 (Election Day): absentee ballots postmarked on or before November 3 will be counted if received by the Board of Elections by November 10

October 24–November 1: Early voting period in New York state

Submitted on: SEP 17, 2020

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