Just over two weeks left to register to vote for New York primary election

March 8, 2016 by Rachel Cera

New York State's presidential primary election is coming up on April 19th, and the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the primary is March 25.

Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded residents this morning that the deadline is coming up to register as a new voter in the State of New York in time to vote in the primary. The deadline to change party affiliation for existing New York registered voters was October 9.

If you've never registered to vote, or you're registered to vote in another state and have since moved to New York, you can still register by March 25 in order to vote in next month's primary.

In order to vote in a primary election in the State of New York, a voter must be registered in that particular party. For example, only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Party primary, and only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Party primary. (Some states have "open primaries," in which any voter can vote for any candidate in a primary, as opposed to New York's "closed primary.")

If you're not sure how and where you're registered, check using this link:

Many voters decline to declare a party affiliation when they register, or affiliate with a third party such as the Green Party or the Independence Party. These voters won't be eligible to vote in the presidential primary unless they change their party affiliation.

Voters can register to vote or change their party affiliation using a form available at the Tompkins County Board of Elections web site, at the Board of Elections at 128 East Buffalo Street during their office hours or the NYS Board of Elections web site, and at some town or village clerk offices, post offices, school offices, or at the DMV or DMV web site.

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