Don't assume anything, confirm your registration!
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) required that all states maintain a single computerized statewide database. This means that in New York and other states using the new computerized voter lists for the first time that there could be many thousands of voters showing up at the polls on Election Day assuming they are registered to vote who will find to their dismay that they are not.
We urge all New Yorkers to confirm that they are registered to vote. NYVV is recommending that voters take the following steps to confirm that you are registered to vote this year in New York State:
1) Click here to check the online voter registration page [https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx | this site is no longer available]. If your status is ‘Inactive’, or the page tells you “No Matches Found”, you are not registered to vote. In this case, CALL YOUR COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS IMMEDIATELY and make sure you straighten this out (even if it means re-registering).
2) Even if your status is ‘Active’ on the online page, you need to call your county Board of Elections and confirm that your record is not flagged as unresolved. Call them today and ask them three questions:
a) Am I registered to vote?
b) Is my name flagged for review?
c) Will my name be in the poll book on Election Day?
Insist on getting an answer, even if the folks at the County Board are very busy. And while you’re at it, confirm that your address is correct, because we’re hearing of data transfer errors that are mangling addresses.
Click here to download a flyer you can post alerting the public to the problem and the need to confirm your voter registration. We’ve got to let the public know about this.
Click here to read more on Bo Lipari's blog.
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