NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Friday is the last day New Yorkers can register to vote in next month’s presidential election.
LINK: Board of Elections
Friday is also the last day voters in New York City can declare or change their party registration for the 2017 primaries, including the mayoral race.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is vowing to lead an effort to make it easier to vote in New York. He’s urging the state to implement same-day voter registration, early voting, and no-excuse absentee voting.
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have same-day voter registration, de Blasio said.
“The laws of New York State discourage participation in the democratic process,” de Blasio said Thursday. “There are almost 2 million eligible individuals in the State of New York who are not registered to vote, almost 1 million of whom live in New York City.”
“We like to think of ourselves as very sophisticated and advanced compared to may other parts of our nation, guess what? In this area we just aren’t,” de Blasio added.
The deadline in New Jersey is Oct. 18, but voters can only register by mail or in person.
The deadline in Connecticut is Nov. 1.
Election Day is Nov. 8.