The Tuesday, November 6, 2012 General Election takes place as planned today from 6am to 9pm. The governors of both New York and New Jersey have issued Executive Orders to allow Hurricane Sandy victims to vote anywhere they can, even far from home — you will be able to vote for President and statewide offices, but not local ones. You will be able to vote by signing an affidavit verifying your identity.
For the rest of us, be aware that your regular voting location may have changed because of Hurricane Sandy storm damage or other reasons nothing to do the the storm — mine has. Visit the NYC Board of Elections website for updates.
Download your poll site location and a sample ballot here — http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm If you have a smartphone, you can even download the sample ballot/poll site locator app here — http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/apps.shtml.
You can access more information on how to register here — http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/voters.shtml. Also, if you have a valid New York State Driver’s License, you can register to vote online or change your voter information using the newly launched MyDMV website here — http://www.dmv.ny.gov/mydmv.htm#motv.
Also note that the NYC Campaign Finance Board and Mobile Commons have announced a partnership to help New Yorkers find their poll site on Election Day by text message. Text “NYCVOTES” to 877-877. The text system allows users to look up multiple poll sites. Follow the instructions provided to enter the address of the voter whose poll site you believe may have changed. Message and data rates may still apply. Customers can text ‘STOP’ to opt out of further messages. Spanish speakers can text “DONDE” to 877-877 to receive prompts in Spanish.
Thanks to New York City Councilwoman Gale A. Brewer for sending NYCOTC this update information. Please vote on Tuesday. It’s important. And remember — if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain about who wins.