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How to register for the elections

Amity Paye | 4/12/2011, 5:30 p.m.

With the primary elections wrapped up, the politicians that made it through are revving up their campaigns, but one thing is even more important than knowing who the candidates are, and that is registering to vote.

Although you can register to vote throughout the year, the deadline to register is 25 days before the next election. That means if you are sending your voter registration in by mail, you must have it postmarked by October 8--that's just two weeks away.

Registration forms can be found at vote.nyc.ny.us/register.html and printed out.

Send your registration form to:

Board of Elections in the City of New York

32 Broadway, 7 Fl.

New York, NY 10004-1609

You can also go into a Board of Elections office until October 22 to register to vote. There is a list of locations at vote.nyc.ny.us/offices.html.

In order to register to vote in New York City, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a New York City resident for at least 30 days. You also cannot claim the right to vote in any other state.

Various polling stations across the city reported a low voter turnout during the primary elections, and the African-American vote can be specifically important, so make sure you get your registration filed before it's too late.

The Board of Elections would like to remind you that you must "fill out a voter registration application using only a pen with blue or black ink" and, of course, "be sure to sign the form."