Assemblywoman Sandy Galef wants to remind young adults how important it is to register to vote, and why returning college students should not put off this important task. Students often return eager for the summer, and while they may have much planned, they should include registering to vote as a number one priority. Registering is not a drawn out process, but rather a simple one that does not require much work.
Voting is one of the basic tenets of our American democracy. Assemblywoman Galef understands this and encourages those who have recently turned 18 to get out and use that great American privilege. The process takes no more than 5-10 minutes and can be done throughout a student’s local community.
The fact that registration is so easy and can be done so quickly is an important incentive to encourage those who have just turned 18 to register early so they need not worry as Election Day nears. “Registering to vote as soon as possible is very important, primarily because it only needs to be done once and because it is a vital part of the democratic process which allow us to voice our opinions and choose our representatives at all levels of government,” said Assemblywoman Galef.
A few of the places where one can register in person include a county Board of Elections, a local post office, and any other New York State agency office, including Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at 2 Church Street in Ossining. An alternative to signing up in person is to fill out the online PDF form available on the New York State Board of Elections website, (http://www.elections.state.ny.us/Voting.html), print out the form, and then mail it to the local county Board of Elections. Signing up to vote has never been so easy. Applications must be postmarked no later than August 20th to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election, and postmarked by October 8th for the General Election.
“I registered now so that when the next election comes around, I will be able to vote and support my positions without a second thought,” said Greg Slotnick, a summer intern in the Assemblywoman’s office who was just back from college. “It was fast and straightforward.”
Also, students should consider obtaining absentee ballot applications if they intend to be away at school on Election Day. Deadlines for requesting absentee ballots for elections are as follows: primary applications must be postmarked by September 7th, and the ballot must be postmarked by September 13th; in person applications must be made by September 13th and ballots must be delivered in person by September 14th to the county board of elections. General Election deadlines are October 26th for postmarks on mailed in applications and November 1st for postmarked ballots. In person applications must be made by November 1st and delivered to the board of elections by November 2nd.
Assemblywoman Galef believes that being able to vote is a right that no one should take for granted. People young and old alike should register now to avoid any problems that may arise before Election Day.