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Cuomo encourages all eligible New Yorkers to register to vote

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Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:45 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the following announcement on Tuesday (National Voter Registration Day):

"Election Day is Nov. 3, but to make your voice heard you must be registered to vote. On National Voter Registration Day, I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to confirm that you are registered or if you are not yet registered to do so today. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is Oct. 9.

"You can register to vote online through the DMV if you have a state-issued ID or, if not, you can register by mail or at the Board of Elections. To our young New Yorkers, don't forget: You can register to vote if you are now 17 but are turning 18 on or by Nov. 3. And to all New Yorkers, once you register, remember: There are three ways to vote this year: absentee voting, early voting, and in-person on Election Day.

"The single most important way to shape the future of this state and this nation is to exercise your right to vote. Now more than ever it is critical that we all do our part to participate in the democratic process."

How and Where to Register to Vote

√ One can register in person at their county board of elections or at any New York state agency-based voter registration center.

√ One may also submit a voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on the website if one already has DMV-issued identification.

√ One can request a New York state voter registration form by mail by entering their name directly into a mailing list database.

√ One can call the 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application.

To register to vote, a New Yorker must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years old (one may pre-register at 16 or 17, but cannot vote until age 18)
  • Be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

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