Deadline To Change Political Party Registration Is This Weekend—Here’s What You Need To Know


New York Metropolis is an overwhelmingly Democratic city, with 3.7 million registered Democrats out of 5.5 million complete registered voters. So if any of the remaining 1.8 million voters need a say in races for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president, or Metropolis Council, now could be the time to vary their get together affiliation.

Solely registered voters in a political get together are allowed to vote of their get together’s major contest, based on state election regulation. For these registered as “Clean” or Republican or every other get together, the deadline to vary get together registration is February 14th. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this 12 months, and coming the day earlier than a federal vacation, the precise cutoff date varies based mostly on what county you reside in. As a result of, after all it does.

In case you do wish to change your get together registration so as to vote within the June twenty second Democratic major, and you haven’t already been focused by an ongoing marketing campaign, here’s what it’s good to know.

How do I examine my voter registration standing?

There’s a easy search operate by means of the New York Metropolis Board of Elections web site that can inform you in case you are registered, and below what handle and get together. You can additionally name 1-888-868-3692.

I’m a registered “Clean” and I wish to change that — what do I do?

You may have just a few choices, however you don’t have lots of time. You possibly can full a paper voter registration type both at a BOE workplace, or obtain one from a number of locations on-line together with the town BOE or Marketing campaign Finance Board. Your greatest wager could be to drop the shape off at your native BOE workplace by Friday. In case you stay right here in New York Metropolis, the BOE’s basic workplace at 32 Broadway in Manhattan will likely be open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Sunday to just accept types. However that’s not true throughout the state. Many county BOE places of work will likely be closed this weekend.

Can I simply mail the shape?

Right here’s the factor about mailing it: the best way election regulation is written, your native BOE workplace must obtain the shape by Sunday, Feb 14. There may be nothing within the regulation that addresses when it was postmarked. If there have been any classes from final 12 months’s elections, mail supply speeds will not be all the time as quick as one would hope. Additionally, since many native BOE places of work is not going to be open over the weekend, and Monday is a vacation, meaning the shape actually would must be delivered by Friday. Until you might be paying for in a single day supply, that ship has sailed.

What are my on-line choices?

When you have an account with the state Division of Motor Autos, you’ll be able to change your get together affiliation by means of their on-line portal up till midnight on Friday, February twelfth (that’s Friday evening, going into Saturday).

“Something acquired by DMV by then will likely be downloaded electronically to the CBOE’s on Saturday,” New York State BOE spokesman John Conklin instructed Gothamist / WNYC, referring to the county boards of election. Something processed on-line Saturday, Sunday, or Monday could be too late.