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Eight Things to Know Before Voting in NYC

Many people aren't registered to vote in this year's general election. Find out how to register and what you have to do before you cast your vote November 6, 2012!


  • You can register to vote in person or by mail
  • If you choose to vote by mail, there are applications ready for download (For other languages click here)
  • You can also call the Phone Bank and they will mail you a registration form in the mail
  • NYS DMV also allows you to vote

2. *Remember to send in your registration form at least 25 days prior to election day so your vote counts!

  • October 12, 2012 is the last day to register in order for your vote to be valid in the general election- Nov. 6, 2012

3. Know where to vote.

4. If you are not near your home address on election day, (business trip, out of the country, dorm at school) you may request an absentee ballot. Mail this no later than a full week  before election day to your county board.

5. Be a smart voter and KNOW whom you are voting for

  • Follow several televised news outlets to gain an unbiased perspective
  • Read different newspapers
  • Do your own research to find out who is closest to your political, economic, and social views
  • Watch the Presidential Debate TODAY - Oct. 3, 2012 airing on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC at 9pm EST

6. The New York Senate senatorial race is between:

  • Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D)- incumbent 
  • Wendy Long (R)
  • Scott Noren (Independent)
  • Chris Edes (Libertarian Party)
  • Michael Craft (Independent)
  • John Mangelli (Independent)
  • Tim Sweet (Independent)
  • Dan Fein (Socialist Workers Party)

7Find your representative by typing in your zipcode or address and see if they're running in this year's general election for NY Congress

8. New York has a new way of voting!

  • Paper ballots are now used
  • Fill in the circle next to your candidate choice
  • Bring it to a scanner to finalize your vote

*This blog was written  with the help of: http://vote.nyc.ny.us ; http://www.votethenewwayny.com ; http://www.house.gov/ ; http://ccofal.org ; 

http://www.elections.ny.gov ; http://gis.nyc.gov ; http://www.dmv.ny.gov

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