Watch your mail the week before Election Day for NYSUT's 2016 Voter Guide detailing the union's endorsed candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. The complete list is online at www.nysut.org/endorsements. Hundreds of NYSUT local union presidents and political activists came to Albany this summer to consider, debate and rethink who the union would endorse. Candidates' voting records and their working relationships with NYSUT members in their home districts were among the important factors in whether a candidate earned the union's support. While the statewide union does not endorse in presidential elections, NYSUT's national affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, have endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Of course, with more than 600,000 members, NYSUT is a broad and diverse organization, representing a wide political spectrum. The endorsement process is designed to reflect the opinions of members' elected representatives.
If you want to vote, you've got to be registered: Registration forms must be mailed by Oct. 14 and received at your local board of elections by Oct. 19; in-person registration must be completed by Oct. 14 at your local board of elections.