ITHACA, N.Y. — Polls officially opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will stay open until 9 p.m.

Need a ride to the polls? Don’t let transportation get in the way of voting. There are free and discounted rides available in Tompkins County. See a full list in this story here.

Not sure where to vote? Use this map from the Board of Elections to find your polling place. You can also check your registration status at that link.

What should you bring? If you’ve voted before in New York, you don’t need to provide ID to vote. But if you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn’t provide a copy of your ID with registration, you may need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or another government document that shows your name and address. If you can’t provide ID, you can fill out an affidavit ballot.

Need to read up on the ballot? You can review sample ballots at the Tompkins County Board of Elections.

Want a hearty breakfast? All day election day is pancake day, hosted every year since 1973 by the Ithaca Rotary Club. Breakfast including pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, fruit salad, yogurt, coffee, tea, and juices will be served until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $9 for adults and kids under 12 eat free. All proceeds benefit Ithaca Rotary’s International Student Exchange Program.

Check back to The Ithaca Voice after the polls close at 9 p.m. for results. Have an election story or experience at the polls you want to share. Email us at

Featured image: “Vote Today” sign posted outside the Tompkins County Public Library for Election 2018. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.