Please let your students know: voter registration for the NYS presidential primary closes on February 14
February 13, 2020
Given the impending February 14 deadline for voter registration in time for New York State’s April presidential primary, please feel free to let your students know the information below.
From: Prof. Carla Bellamy, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Even for students who are already registered to vote but don’t have a party affiliation, many don’t know that they have to re-register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in the NYS Presidential Primary in April. That deadline is Valentine’s Day, February 14
As a public institution, we as faculty members may be the only and best source of information for many of our students. We should be doing all we can to help students engage with the political process so they can advocate for themselves.
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Director, Program in Religion and Culture
Baruch College, CUNY
Chair, Columbia University Seminar on South Asia
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Several colleagues have responded enthusiastically to this morning’s email (copied further below) with additional information of significant value for this process. I’ve added this information directly below without attributions. I have not had an opportunity to confirm the details:
How and Where to DO THIS BY TOMORROW
- You can register in person at your county board of elections(click on your borough on the map: https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html) or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.
- You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on their web site if you already have DMV-issued identification.
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… I might have added a more specific detail that this includes changing from Democrat to Republican, from Republican to Democrat, and from “not enrolled in a party” to a specific party. And because NY’s primary is “closed”, you must be registered with a specific party to participate in that party’s primary: if you’re “not enrolled”, (i.e., an “independent” in the general sense of the word), you can’t vote in the primary.
Two things to add:
- The Feb. 14 deadline is the deadline only for changing party enrollment for those already registered. The deadline for new registration if you’re not currently registered in New York is April 3, 2020 (technically, post marked by April 3, and received by April 8). (This also applies to address changes if you’ve moved and want to vote in the designated polling place for your current address.) Here’s the link to the NY board of elections:
- I noticed recently that the “main menu” in my version of CUNY First includes a link to register to vote. If I click on that link, a form comes up, already populated with my name and address, and last four digits of my social security number. I don’t know how this CUNYFirst feature specifically works for students, but it clearly works for me as an employee. [qualifications about the utility of CF omitted]
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Here is the link to register to vote in New York (this link is not related to the deadline for registering or changing registration from one party to another party):
If you do not have a NYS driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID, you’ll need to fill out and mail the form linked at this website: https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html