Does the vote of one person matter? It sure does. Remember a not too distant presidential election teetered on just a few hundred votes. So if you have been saying to yourself, it's too late to register to vote and I don't know where or how?
Well, it isn't too late. Here are some options.
If you have a valid New York State Department of Motor Vehicles ID, you can you register online on the Board of Elections website http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/voters.shtml If you do not own a computer, go to your local library and use their computers.
You can also download the form from Board of Elections Office website (above) and mail it in if you so choose 25 days before election day. The online form is available in English/Spanish/Chinese/Korean.
You can obtain the voter registration form from your local library and post office.
You can register at your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).
You can also register to vote at one of the Board of Election offices. Here I have listed the Brooklyn and Manhattan offices.
Board of Elections Office
Diane Haslett-Rudiano - Chief Clerk
Mary Rose Sattie - Deputy Chief Clerk
345 Adams Street, 4 Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11201
32 Broadway, 7 Fl
New York, NY 10004-1609
Gregory Lehman - Chief Clerk
Timothy Gay - Deputy Chief Clerk
200 Varick St., 10 Fl
New York, NY 10014
If you need to find your polling site (the place where you go to vote) the Board of Elections website http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/voters.shtml has poll site locator where you can plug in your address, and it will tell you where you need to vote. Please be advised some polling locations have been changed, so I suggest if you have not voted in a while to go early, just in case you need to go to another location.
Who Can Register to Vote? (these qualifications have been copied from the Board of Elections website 9/22/12)
To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
Be 18 years of age before the next election.
Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).
Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election.