ALBANY — Today is the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election and officials are urging all eligible Oswego County citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.
Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight tonight, Friday Oct. 11, to be valid for the upcoming general election, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Eligible voters with a New York driver’s license, non-driver ID card or learners permit can register online until midnight at dmv.ny.gov.
New voters can also register in person at the Oswego County Board of Elections, 185 E. Seneca St., Oswego, officials said, but today is the deadline to do so and the office closes at 4:30 p.m.
New York will hold its presidential primary election on April 28, 2020 and legislation passed earlier this year now allows more time for voters to change their party enrollment. New York is a closed primary state and only registered members of a party can vote in that party’s primaries. This rule led to significant outcry in 2016 from voters who wished to vote in the presidential primaries but were turned away due to not being party members.
For voters wishing to change their party enrollment, the Oswego County Board of Elections must receive the change in enrollment no later than Feb. 14, 2020 to qualify for the 2020 primaries, officials said.
If unsure of your registration status, current on-file address or polling location, visit elections.ny.gov where voter registration forms can also be downloaded.
For the first time, New York will offer early voting this year. Early voting in Oswego County will take place at the county Board of Elections, 185 E. Seneca St.
- Saturday, Oct. 26: 1 to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday, Oct 28: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29: 12 to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30: 12 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 31: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 1: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 2: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 3: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.