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Friday is the Last Day to Register to Vote in September's Primary Election

By Katie Honan | August 17, 2017 3:29pm
 This year's primary election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 
This year's primary election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 
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NEW YORK CITY — If you want to vote in this year's September primary election — featuring several City Council races and the mayor's re-election bid, among others — you're going to have to hurry.

The last day to register for September primary is Friday, Aug. 18. This year's primary will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12.

You're eligible to vote if you're a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, have lived at your current address at least 30 days before the election and not be in prison or parole for a felony conviction.

"The more New Yorkers participate in the voting process the stronger and more vibrant our democracy is," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release Thursday reminding residents to register. "I urge all eligible voters to make use of this resource so when the time comes, they can let their voice be heard at the polls."

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This design for the new "I Voted" sticker by Marie Dagata and Scott Heinz won the 2017 voting sticker contest by the NYC Campaign Finance Board.
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Here's how to register online, by mail or in person:

Online

This is the fastest way to register in New York — and nearly a million people have done it since online registration began in 2012, according to the governor's office.

You can visit the MyDMV website and sign in or create an account. Once you're in, click on "Electronic Voter Registration Application" and fill it out. Make sure that your personal information is up-to-date before submitting your application. Visit the Change of Name or Change of Address pages to update any information.

Mail

You can print out and complete a voter registration form and mail it Friday to your local New York County Board of Elections. It must be postmarked Aug. 18 in order to be eligible. You can also obtain registration forms from libraries, post offices, and most New York City government agencies. Mail it to New York County Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10004.

If you're in Lower Manhattan, you can also drop off the form at the office. It will remain open until midnight Friday. 

In-Person

You can register to vote at your local New York County Board of Elections office or at any of these New York State agencies. Bring along a physical copy of the New York voter registration form, which you can download in English here. 

The office locations are listed below, and they're open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bronx: 1780 Grand Concourse, 5th Floor, 718-299-9017

Brooklyn: 345 Adams St., 4 Floor, 718-797-8800

Manhattan: 200 Varick St., 10 Floor, 212-886-2100

Queens: 118-35 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, 718-730-6730

Staten Island: 1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Floor, 718-876-0079

If you plan on sending in an absentee ballot for the primary, you can do it by mail or in person.

To vote by mail, download an absentee ballot application and fill it out. Mail it to your local Board of Elections borough office. It has to be postmarked at least seven days before the election — but keep in mind, Sept. 4 this year is Labor Day, so play it safe and have it done by Sept. 1.

To vote in-person, you can fill out an application and submit it to your local Board of Elections office. The offices also provide absentee ballot applications. The last day to apply in-person is Sept. 11, or at least a day before the election.

For more information, visit online the City Board of Elections, the DMV, or the State Board of Elections. You can also contact the New York Board of Elections at 800-367-8683.