The office of Joe Robach this week reminded residents that they must register to vote by March 25 in order to cast ballots in the upcoming presidential primaries on April 19. New Yorkers looking to register to vote, or to change their enrollment information, can do so easily by using the state’s online voter registration service on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ website. Since the roll out of this system in 2012, more than 256,600 New Yorkers – 80,500 of which were registering for the first time – have registered to vote using the automated online system, MyDMV.

Joe Robach office notes that by following a few simple steps, residents can easily sign up for a secure MyDMV account and register to vote or access a variety of other services like updating party enrollment or a home address. To create an account, individuals must use their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver ID, last four digits of their Social Security Number, and the ZIP code currently listed on their driver license, permit or non-driver ID record. Upon completion, DMV sends the voter registration applications to the County Board of Elections for action. New Yorkers can use the New York State Board of Elections’ website to check their voter registration status.

To register to vote, a New Yorker must:

•Be a United States citizen.
•Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you submit the form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote).
•Live at your present address at least 30 days before an election.
•Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
•Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
•Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Joe Robach suggested that residents seeking more information or looking to register locally to call or visit the Monroe County Board of Election office.