Voter Registration Deadline nears for State & Local Primary Election

ALBANY, NY (08/16/2012)(readMedia)-- The State Board of Elections today reminds all state residents to register to vote for the September 13, 2012 primary elections. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight, August 17th and received no later than August 24th to be valid for the upcoming primary election. Also, please note that the primary election has been moved by act of the Legislature to Thursday, September 13, and is NOT Tuesday September 11.

Residents who have moved to a new county are reminded that they must re-register from their new address. Those who are currently registered and have moved to a new address in the same county should notify their county board of elections in writing of their move. The New York State Voter Registration Form can be used by new voters or by voters who have moved for these purposes.

Persons who are unsure whether they are registered, or wish to verify their current address, may look-up their status at:

Persons wanting to register in person may do so at any county board of elections and at many state agency offices throughout the state, but must do so no later than August 17th, to be eligible to vote in the primary.

Requests for registration forms may also be made by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE. Requests will be processed and the forms mailed to the caller's home or business address. Requests received after August 17th will still be processed, however, it is unlikely callers will receive their form in time to register for the primary. Internet users may download a registration form by going to the State Board's web site at and clicking on the "Voting Information" link or the button marked, "Need a Voter Registration Form?"

For more information on registering to vote in New York State, call your county board of elections or 518-474-1953.

For information on the voting machines being used in your county, please go to the State Board's voter education website at: