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Oneida County Voter Registration Drive Underway

Jeff Monaski, WIBX 950

Are you registered to vote?

If not, why not?

The first step to voting is being registered and voting is your voice in determining who our elected leaders are. They are the ones with the power to raise taxes, create new laws and they can vote to fund or de-fund infrastructure and other projects in our communities.

As of the start of 2014, the Oneida County Board of Elections estimates about 68% of eligible voters in the county are registered, which is a good thing. Sadly, however, a much smaller percentage actually get out and vote on Election Day.

The county BOE has launched at #ROC2Vote campaign (Register Oneida County) to encourage voter registration and participation.

What do I need to do to register to vote?

  • Fill out a voter registration form

And, that’s it. As long as the information you entered is correct, you’re registered. Period.

The registration form (photo above) includes a few simple questions and only takes minutes to complete. You can fill out a paper form in person, or download a form on online (here from OCGOV.net) and either mail it in or drop it off in person.

Selecting your party is important. A registered voter of any party can vote for any candidate on their ballot in the general election. However, in the case of a primary, you’re only eligible to cast a vote for one of the candidates vying for your party’s ‘line’ on the general election ballot.

If you have changed address in the same county, or moved to a different county, you will need to fill out a form – which can also be found at OCGOV.net.

When can I register?

You can register to vote at any time. However, there are some limitations. For example, you can not register to vote the day or the week before an election and expect to vote in the that election. Generally, your paperwork must be completed roughly one month prior to voting day in order to be eligible to participate in that election.

Upcoming Registration Drive

The Oneida County Board of Elections has a voter registration drive planned for Thursday, May 15, 2014 between 10am and 2pm.

BOE officials and volunteers from the League of Women Voters Utica-Rome will be available at the following locations with registration forms available for you fill-out, right on the spot:

Utica

  • Oneida County Office Building – 800 Park Ave.
  • Utica City Hall – 1 Kennedy Plaza
  • Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency – 1100 Miller Street
  • Utica Community Health Center – 1600 Oneida Street

Rome

  • Rome City Hall – 198 North Washington Street
  • YMCA of the Great Tri Valley – 301 West Bloomfield Street

Forms are also available at your local town or village clerk’s office.

If you any questions, you are encouraged to contact one of the Oneida County Board of Elections Commissioners:

Republican Commissioner – Rose Marie Grimaldi (315) 798-5763

Democratic Commissioner – Russell Stewart (315) 798-5761

If you are unsure, contact the BOE to determine if you are registered.

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