After a presidential debate that broke records as far as viewership, it’s clear people are paying attention in 2016.
Now, they have to register to vote. But there are just 39 days until the general election – and two weeks left to get registered.
With the deadline approaching, hundreds of voter registrations are opened and sorted every single day. And that doesn’t include the hundreds of DMV online registrations happening as well.
“We’re seeing a considerable jump in those numbers,” said Board of Elections Commissioner Tom Ferrarese.
While the Board of Elections encourages voters not to wait until the last minute, it always inevitably happens.
They say the piles of mail – and numbers of online registrations – are only going to continue to grow.
“Over the next two weeks, there’s no question. We’ll be here probably until 8 o’clock every night,” Ferrarese said. “If the numbers pop up even more we could be here until 9 or 10. We’ve done, in past presidential years, from six in the morning until midnight.”
The co-commissioner says that online registration and heightened interest in this year’s primaries in New York have helped keep numbers relatively under control, but there’s no telling what can happen leading up to the October 14 deadline.
“I think for a presidential year it really is normal,” he said. “This is a little bit of an interesting presidential year to say the least, and I think the next two weeks may be interesting in terms of the numbers of people that register.”
All mail-in registrations must be post marked by October 14. Anyone with questions is encourage to call the Board of Elections.