Last-minute voter registration surges in New York

African-American share of population by state via Wikimedia Commons

Friday is the Deadline to Register in Time for the April 19th NYS Presidential Primary.

Reuters/REUTERS Half of the 41,000 voter applications were submitted online through the Department of Motor Vehicles' online system.

Both local elections commissioners say that there's always a surge in voter registrations during a presidential year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says in one single day last week, on March 18, the state set an all-time record for one day of online voter registration - just fewer than 14,000 applications were received on that day alone.

New Yorkers wanting to register in-person may do so at their county boards of elections and at many state agency offices throughout the state, but must do so no later than March 25th, to be eligible to vote in the Presidential Primary election.

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"Our online voter registration portal is key in this administration's efforts to knock down barriers to democracy and encourage more participation in the electoral process", Cuomo said in a statement. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton maintains her lead over Bernie Sanders, 55-34 percent, according to this month's Siena College poll of New York State registered voters. You have to be enrolled in a party to vote in that party's primary.

Once completed, the DMV sends the voter registration applications to the County Boards of Elections.

He said it's important for people to exercise their right to vote. There were almost 5.3 million enrolled Democrats, 2.5 million Republican and 2.3 million independents not enrolled in a party.

The fastest method, of course, is to register online with Electronic Voter Registration.