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You can’t vote if you don’t register

October 6, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

If you want to have a say on Nov. 6 in the huge decisions about who will lead our nation, state and towns, make sure your voter registration is up to date.

This is the last week to register. The deadline for registration forms to be postmarked or submitted in person is this coming Friday, Oct. 12.

If you've moved since the last time you voted, your registration may not be current. Better check it out.

You can register many different ways, but basically it comes down to getting your hands on a registration form, filling it out and submitting it to your county board of elections. You can do this in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office (including the DMV office in Saranac Lake's Harrietstown Town Hall), the county board of elections office (in Malone for Franklin County or Elizabethtown for Essex County) or a wide range of state agency offices. Your town office might be able to help, too, or you can call the state Board of Elections at 1-800-FOR-VOTE.

You can also easily download a registration form online; searching for "new york voter registration form" works.

Here's where to mail the form:

-Franklin County Board of Elections, 355 West Main St., Malone, NY 12953

-Essex County Board of Elections, 7551 Court St., P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

To register, you must:

-be a U.S. citizen

-be 18 years old by the date of the election

-have lived at your present address at least 30 days

-not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

-not be judged mentally incompetent by a court

-not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Voting is a great privilege and duty, but it requires some preparation. Beyond registration, it requires familiarizing yourself with the candidates and their views. The Enterprise is the best place to do that, especially for the Congress, state Assembly and local choices that will be on your ballot. To catch up on past coverage, the easiest way is on our website: Click "News" and then "Politics," and scroll down to whatever you want to read.



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