EDITORIAL: If you care, register to vote – NOW

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Maybe you don’t care about politics.

Maybe you’re fed up with government.

Maybe you’re just breezing along while others are losing their jobs, while businesses are closing, while people are getting sick and dying.

Maybe you don’t use the services provided by local governments as they struggle to find money to pay for them. Maybe you don’t pay property taxes or rent.

Maybe there’s a big colorful rainbow over your house.

In that case, you’ve got no reason to care that the deadline for registering to vote in this November’s election is tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9.

But if all those things we stated actually do bother you, if you do care who gets into political office and what they do when they’re in there, and if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you’re almost out of time.

Registering to vote in New York is fairly easy and quick. But you have to actually take some action of your own.

If you’re a resident with a valid state driver’s license, permit or non-driver ID, you can register online through the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

That’s the fastest way to do it. Just make sure you have your license handy (They need a couple of numbers off it). Here’s the site: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.

You also can register by mail or in person at your local county Board of Elections office or DMV location. To get a form that you can download at home, go to the state Board of Elections website: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html#VoteRegForm. Print it out and either stick it in an envelope and mail it to your local Board of Elections (the addresses are listed on the site), or hand-deliver it in person.

Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Friday and arrive by Oct. 14, next Wednesday. But why take the risk that it might not get that postmark or might not make it to the board on time? Fill it out today. Registrations must be hand-delivered by Friday. Again, don’t wait and risk it not counting.

To be eligible to vote this November, you have to be 18 (You can register at 17, as long as you turn 18 by Election Day), be a resident of the state and your county and municipality for at least 30 days before the election, not be registered to vote anywhere else, and be mentally and legally eligible. That’s it.

Once you register, you can then either download an absentee ballot to mail or hand-deliver to the Board of Elections, or plan to vote in person, either during the early voting period or on Election Day.

But you can’t do any of that if you’re not registered. And the deadline for doing that is almost here.

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