Final push is on to register voters

Posted at: 10/11/2012 5:23 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 5:35 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - Ross Ceballo took a break from classes at the University at Albany Thursday to register to vote in Albany County.

"I was registered in New York City and I wanted to register up here. Absentee ballots don't really count 'til the end," he said.

He's among the 1000 students who have registered over the past week, by a newly-formed student group called, Think Globally Vote Locally.

"All the students on campus we've given them our information, we're tabling out from here. And making our presence known and making the importance of the vote known to students," said Martha Mahoney, one of the organizers.

The deadline to turn in voter forms is Friday at county elections offices. Any registration sent by mail has to be post marked by Friday as well.

At DMV offices, they're trying a new way to sign voters up, with new electronic terminals that walk you through the process.

"At some point, we are going to go paperless on almost everything we do. So it's a good point for that and especially that we're only a month away from Presidential Election," said Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk. "We're getting more people that are looking to register that normally would not be registering."

Since the initiative launched in August, the DMV said 6000 New Yorkers have used this system or gone online to register to vote. Another 10,000 have changed their address or party enrollment electronically.

Whatever way people sign up, by paper or computer, Ross Ceballo said it makes him feel empowered to have a voice in the ballot box.

"Local policies do make a big difference. There's a lot of policies that I don't agree with at SUNY Albany, and I want to put my voice in and you start with the vote," he said.

The last chance to register to vote is Saturday, where all county Board of Election offices are required by law to offer sign ups from at least 2-9PM.

However, you must register in person.