With the state ranking near the bottom in voter registration, the governor announced a new initiative to allow online registration.
Residents can now log on to their computers to register to vote change their address or update party enrollment.
“We are knocking down longstanding barriers that have prevented many New Yorkers from participating in the democratic process, while creating a more streamlined and more efficient system that will save taxpayers’ money,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Less than 64 percent of eligible voters are registered, ranking New York 47th in the nation.
If you want to register electronically, you can now visit the Department of Motor Vehicle’s “MyDMV” web site. You will also be able to register paper-free at local DMV offices.
According to the governor’s office, registration rates jumped from 28 to 53 percent among voters 18 to 24 after online registration was introduced.
The announcement comes as the deadline approaches to register for the September primary.
If you want to be able to vote in the state primary elections on September 13, your application must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 17 and received by August 24.
Online registration must be done ahead of today’s deadline, also.
You may also register in person at your local Board of Elections or any voter registration center, but must do so no later than Friday, August 17.
If you need to file a change of address, it must be received by August 24.