Monday, August 21, 2006

Register To Vote, New York

You Gotta Be In It To Win It!

We've all heard it before -- "If you don't vote, don't complain!"

Democracy is not a spectator sport, and effective community advocacy requires that every resident participate in the processes that impact upon the quality of life of our families, our neighbors, and our society.

Are you registered to vote?

If you are, then, by all mean, do exercise that privilege in every election -- from Presidential to the vote for Sanitary District Commissioners.

In New York, Primary Day (2006) is Tuesday, September 12th.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th.

If you are NOT registered to vote, its time to get with the program.

In New York, qualifications to vote are as follows:

- be a United States citizen;
- be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
- live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
- not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction and;
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

You can register to vote by any of the following means:

- at your local Board of Elections;
- at an agency-based registration center;
- by calling the NYS Board of Elections hotline 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application;
- by downloading a registration form for completion and submission to your local Board of Elections (either in person or by mail), or;
- by completing and submitting an online registration form (this form can be completed online, but must thereafter be printed out and mailed in to your local Board of Elections).

Short of us filling out the forms for you, registering to vote couldn't be easier.

So, what are you waiting for? REGISTER TO VOTE today, and put democracy in action!

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