Your Vote is Your Voice

What’s At Stake?

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YOUR RIGHTS
YOUR COMMUNITY
YOUR FUTURE
YOUR VOICE

For some time now American citizens, including millions of New Yorkers, have been failing to participate in one of our most important franchises — voting! In the 2014 elections, New York State ranked 47th in the nation in voter turnout (28.8 percent), with some estimates of participation by communities of color at about 10 percent.

This is not good. In fact, for communities of color, this trend is socially, economically and morally disastrous.

Your Vote is Your Voice brochure

Although the Black/White racial gap in voter participation has changed dramatically since the enactment of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, people of color were the “least advantaged group in America in terms of policy outcomes,” according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

It is for all these reasons that we ask you  to vote in local, state and federal elections.

Voting Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years old in the year you file a voter registration form;
  • Live at your present address at least 30 days prior to election;
  • Not currently serving prison time for a felony or on parole;
  • Not be adjudged mentally unfit by a court;
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

To find your polling location, please call the NYS Board of Elections at 518-474-1953 or 800-367-8683, or visit www.elections.ny.gov.   

Did you know?

17 year-olds within six months of their 18th birthday are allowed to register to vote in New York State.(They cannot vote until they are 18).   Source: NYS Election Law Sec. 5-102