You may have noticed that the first presidential debates took place last night, and they were chock full of all of the tense, broad-stroke policy talk the American public could possibly ask for, plus some outrageous falsehoods and plenty of interrupting.
As such, you may be feeling inspired to do some voting. Here’s how to make sure you can do that, come November 8!
If you haven’t done so yet, the first thing you’ll want to do is check whether you’ve registered to vote here in the past: this handy tool for doing so will even help you establish whether you need to update your address.
The New York Board of Elections is the administrative body that accepts and processes our applications. if you’ve had business at a Department of Motor Vehicles office recently, you may have been registered there. If not, you’ll have to apply by mail or in person at our county’s board of elections, which is located on fourth floor of 345 Adams Street in downtown Brooklyn.
Whether you stop by in person or use snail mail, the form you’ll fill out and sign affirms you are legally able to vote. Remember, any citizen over the age of 18 can vote as long as he or she is not a felon currently on parole or in prison. The address you submit does not need to be your permanent one, just your current one, so that your voter registration card can direct you to the correct polling location on the big day. Links to both the Spanish and English language versions of the form can be found here.
New York’s voter registration deadline is two and a half weeks away on Friday, October 14th, so you could wait to take care of this–but maybe go ahead and take care of it now. If you need any more convincing, here’s the transcript from last night’s debate.
Happy voting, Bushwick!