Register Now to Vote In Primary

Aug. 19 Deadline Fast Approaching

Sunday, Aug. 19 is the last day in which voters across the city can register to vote in order to participate in the Sept. 13 local and state primary contests, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

Because the deadline falls on the weekend, the Board of Elections’ executive office at 32 Broadway, Seventh Floor, in Manhattan will be open until midnight on Aug. 19 to submit registration forms in person.

Registered voters living in New York City who are enrolled with a political party are eligible to participate in the Sept. 13 primary. Any such voter who has moved within the five boroughs is required to re-register to vote under their new address before the Aug. 19 deadline.

The board advises that any registered voter who has not sent a re-registration application prior to the Aug. 19 deadline, or relocated after the deadline but before the primary, may still vote in the Sept. 13 contest with an affidavit ballot.

Those who have mailed their registration forms prior to the Aug. 19 deadline but have not received a written acknowledgement from the Board of Elections within 20 days’ time should call the Board of Elections at 1-866-VOTE-NYC to verify that the application has been received and processed.

Voters who wanted to change their party affiliation were required to re-register by Oct. 14, 2011 in order to be eligible to vote in this year’s primary election.

Registered voters who cannot make it to the polls on primary day have until Sept. 8 to mail an application for an absentee ballot.

Anyone who wants to vote in the Nov. 6 general election must send their registration forms to the Board of Elections by no later than Friday, Oct. 12. Absentee ballot applications will be accepted by no later than Oct. 30.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age on election day, a New York City resident for at least 30 days and cannot claim the right to vote in a location outside of the five boroughs. Any individual who was incarcerated, is on parole for a felony conviction or was declared mentally incompetent by a court is ineligible to vote.

All voter registration and related forms can be downloaded online at www.vote.nyc.ny.us or obtained by calling 311 and should be mailed to the Board of Elections as directed.

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