September 3, 2012
The deadline for registering to vote in New York City is approaching. Take a look at the information provided at the Board of Elections in the City of New York below. The deadline is approaching fast so it is important to tell your friends to register soon!
From the Board of Elections website:
To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
- Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
- Be 18 years of age before the next election.
- Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).
Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election.
|Register In Person - Visit one of our Offices|
|Register By Mail|
|Party Affiliation in New York State|
|The application contains a section where you can indicate your choice for party affiliation. If you would like to register without designating a party, simply mark the space indicating “I do not wish to enroll in a party.”|
|The following parties are recognized in New York State:|
|Party Affiliation and the Primary System|
|In a Primary Election, only voters registered with one of the parties qualified to hold a primary in New York City may vote to nominate their party’s candidate to run in the general election.Candidates nominated by the parties for each office then appear on the general election ballot, along with any independent candidates who gain access to the general ballot without running in the party primaries.|
|Voting in Primary Elections|
|Because a primary is strictly a party election, only voters registered with one of the parties conducting a primary may participate in that party’s election. Voters registered without party affiliation may vote only in General and Special Elections.|
|To Change Your Party Affiliation|
|You can change your party affiliation by obtaining a Voter Registration Form, indicating the change and sending it to the Board of Elections. We will process the information and send you a new voter card reflecting the change in party. You cannot CHANGE your enrollment and vote in the NEW PARTY of your choice in the same year. Please Note: a change of enrollment will go into affect one week following the General Election. The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election (25 days prior to the date of the General Election).|
|What the Law Says|
|Your residence address determines the particular contests in which you are eligible to vote. Because of the role that one’s address plays in the electoral system, New York State law requires voters to notify the Board of Elections within 25 days of an address change to preserve their voting rights.|
|To Make Changes to Your Registration|
|You must notify the Board of Elections, in writing, to make any change to your registration (change of address or name). You may send us the change on a Registration application.|
|Controls for Keeping a Registration Current|
|The Board has developed two programs:|