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Voter Registration Deadline Is Friday, Westchester

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. ? Friday is the deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 6 election, and the League of Women Voters of Westchester County has been revving up residents to register to vote.

The LWV and its volunteers across the county have held almost 40 registration drives, according to Marianna Stout, Voter Service Director for the LWV.

“Nationally, leagues participated in National Voter Registration Day in September and helped register nearly 300,000 voters in one day,” said Stout.

Local Leagues set up registration tables in public places, such as farmers markets, community fairs, area colleges, public transit stops, shopping centers, she said.

According to an article by The Daily Voice's Brian Donnelly, “Madeline Zevon, president of the White Plains LWV , said her chapter has registered nearly 100 people at seven drives in September. Events for voter registration were also held more recently, at the White Plains YMCA and the White Plains Housing Authority.”

“Voting is important to make democracy work,” said Stout. “Every voter needs to become an informed voter because the leaders you elect make the decisions that affect you ? your job, health care, energy costs, security and more.”

Residents who will be American citizens, 18 or older, and have lived at their present address for at least 30 days on Nov. 6 are eligible to vote.

Unregistered residents who wish to vote in the Nov. 6 elections can register in person at the Westchester County Board of Elections or at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in White Plains, Peekskill and Yonkers. Residents may also download a form online or request one by calling 914-995-5713.

Registration forms mailed to the Board of Elections must be postmarked Oct. 12 and received by Oct. 17.

Those who have been honorably discharged from the military or will become naturalized citizens after Oct. 12 have until Oct. 26 to register in person at the Board of Elections office.

Voters are encouraged to call the local league Voter Service Chair or visit Vote411 to get further detail about candidate forums in their area.

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