MAMARONECK, N.Y. Kelly Tapia and Dominque Ames haven't registered to vote, but have until Friday to do so.
The two Mamaroneck residents were home on fall break from SUNY Delhi, where they are sophomores. Tapia, 19, said she plans to register.
"It's important to speak your mind," Tapia said. "If you don't like a politician and you don't vote, then you don't get a say in what happens."
When Danielle Roviezzo, 18, heard that the deadline for registering to vote was Friday, she said, "I better get on that." The freshman at Iona College said she is most concerned about the economy. She works at Lord & Taylor in Scarsdale, where several of her co-workers are in graduate school and cannot find jobs in their field.
"It's so hard getting a job right now," she said.
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.
Residents who wish to vote 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.
Molly Scudder, 17, considers herself a Democrat, but is still making up her mind on what party to register with when she turns 18.
"I think it's important the youth get involved in these decisions," said Scudder, a Mamaroneck resident who goes to private school in Connecticut. "What they vote for will affect them for the rest of their lives."
Health care and the budget are two issues Scudder considers important because, she said, they directly affect her.
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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