Make sure your vote counts

Time is running out to register.

Whether Obama is your man or McCain is your guy, you cannot vote for either if you are not properly registered.

Friday, Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election. Candidates for president and vice-president of the United States, and all congressional, state senate and state assembly seats will be on the ballot this year, as well as a statewide ballot proposal and candidates for state supreme court justice in most judicial districts.

Completed mail-in voter registration forms postmarked by midnight, Oct. 10 and received no later than Oct. 15 are valid for the upcoming general election. Residents who have moved to another county must re-register from their new address. Those who have moved to a new address in the same county do not have to re-register, but they should provide their board of elections with their new address and to locate their new polling site.

Not sure if or where you are registered to vote? Check the status of your voter registration, learn the location of their poll site, or download a registration form by clicking on "Voting Information" on the State Board's website, elections.state.ny.us or by accessing the State Board's voter education website, vote-ny.com.

Persons wanting to register may do so at county boards of elections as well as many post offices, libraries and state agency offices throughout the state.

Requests for registration forms may also be made by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE. Registration form requests will be processed and the forms will be mailed to the caller's home or business address. Requests received after Oct. 6 will still be processed, however, it is unlikely callers will receive their form in time to register for the general election.

For more information on registering to vote in New York State, call your county board of elections or 1-800-FOR-VOTE or visit elections.state.ny.us or vote-ny.com.

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