LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Jason Sclar still remembers the first vote he ever cast in the 2001 general elections, and believes new voters eligible to do so should register before the deadline passes Friday.
Sclar, who grew up in Larchmont and now lives in Manhattan, cast his first vote as a freshman at Yale University.
"I was voting because my parents knew someone who was on the ticket, so they got me to vote from school," he said.
During college, the computer science major first got involved in campaigns during the 2004 presidential race while working with America Coming Together, a liberal political action group that supported John Kerry.
The Larchmont-native went on to work for campaigns in Arizona and Washington D.C. Most recently, he managed former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley's campaign in 2009.
"If you don't vote, you're giving up any right to have a say in the government," said Sclar, who is a registered Democrat.
Citizens who will be 18 or older on Nov. 8 and have lived at their present address for at least 30 days are eligible to vote.
First-time voters who wish to take part in the Nov. 8 elections must register in person at the Westchester County Board of Elections or at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in White Plains, Peekskill and Yonkers by Friday.
Of the 17,705 eligible voters in Mamaroneck, 8,432 are Democrat, 4,556 are Republican, 639 are independent and 3,894 are non-affiliated. The total number of registered voters in Westchester County is 532,249.
The Board of Elections can send voter registration forms to those who are unable to visit the White Plains office. Residents may download a form online or request one by calling (914) 995-5713.
Registration forms mailed into the Board of Elections must be postmarked by Friday and received by Oct. 19.
Those who have been honorably discharged from the military or will become naturalized citizens after Oct. 14 have until Oct. 28 to register in person at the Board of Elections office.
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