COLUMN: New DMV site increases voter enrollment; still time to register for general election

— I sponsor legislation that would allow those applying for a hunting or fishing license to register to vote at the same time. Bill A4222 would allow any qualified person to apply for voter registration and enrollment by application at the same time they apply for any hunting or fishing license. The Department of Environmental Conservation would work with the New York State Board of Elections in developing such a form. This bill is currently on the election law committee of the Assembly.

Deadline to register this month

If you haven't registered to vote or if you have moved or wish to change party affiliation, there is still time to do so for this next election. If you would rather not use the Department of Motor Vehicle's online tools, you can download a voter registration form at elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html. If you live in Oswego County, you can mail the form to Oswego County Board of Elections, 185 E. Seneca St., Box 9, Oswego, NY 13126. If you live in Onondaga County, you can mail the form to Onondaga County Board of Elections, 1000 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204. If you do not have Internet access, you may call 1-800-FOR-VOTE and request a form be mailed to you.

Upcoming general election deadlines are as follows: Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 12 and received in person by a board of elections no later than Oct. 17 to be eligible to vote in the general election. Oct. 17 is the last date that the county board of elections is allowed to accept new or updated voter registration forms. If you plan to mail your registration form, it must be postmarked by Oct. 12.

The only exception to the deadlines is if you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 12. Then you may register in person at the board of elections up until Oct. 26.

If you wish to submit an absentee ballot, you may download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form. You may also call 1-800-FOR-VOTE to receive one by mail. Applications must be mailed to your county board as well. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Oct. 30.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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