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EDITORIAL: Celebrate National Voter Registration Month

Posted 9/16/22

Annually, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) recognizes September as National Voter Registration Month. This month highlights the tremendous significance of voter participation …

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EDITORIAL: Celebrate National Voter Registration Month

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Annually, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) recognizes September as National Voter Registration Month. This month highlights the tremendous significance of voter participation and awareness around the registration and election processes.

“By coming together during the 2022 election cycle to celebrate National Voter Registration Month, it’s my hope that my Chief Election Official colleagues and I can reach exponentially more citizens across the country and activate them to register to vote,” said NASS President and New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “If you aren’t registered to vote or haven’t updated your voter registration in a while, this is the time to get it done!”

To find your election official or to learn more about your state’s specific voter registration requirements visit canivote.org, a helpful nonpartisan website created by state election officials to help Americans learn how and where to go vote.

In addition, learn more about NASS’s #TrustedInfo2022 effort to highlight state and local election officials as trusted sources of accurate election information.

This marks 20 years since NASS members established September as National Voter Reg­istration Month in 2002. Also, NASS continues to support and promote National Voter Registration Day, which will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the nation’s oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. Membership is open to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. Territories.

NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy.

Here are registration dates for New York:

MAIL — Applications must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2022 and received by a board of elections no later than October 19, 2022 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION — You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 14, 2022. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 14, 2022, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 29, 2022.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS —Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 19, 2022 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.

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