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Voter deadline: Update party enrollment to participate in NY’s presidential primaries

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — This is a big year for politics, at the national, state, and local level, so it’s a good time to catch up on important Board of Elections deadlines.

Valentine’s Day (this Friday) is the deadline for voters to update their party enrollment.

That means, if you want to vote in New York’s presidential primary on April 28, and are not affiliated with a political party, you will need to change your enrollment status.

Similarly, if you were previously affiliated with a party, but would like to vote in a different party’s primary, you will need to update your enrollment status.

This is because New York state has a closed primary system, in that only voters who are enrolled in a specific party can participate in that party’s elections.

Republican Acting Commissioner Nancy Leven says Monroe County has about 465,000 registered voters — and everyday they are getting more and more at the Board of Elections. She says the process is simple to do, only takes a few minutes, and can be done in a variety of ways.

“It’s very easy. You can go on our website and download a form and mail it to us. You can go to our post office, your library, your town hall and pick up an application. Many state agencies have them as well,” said Leven. You can go to the DMV through their portal, it’s very easy to do. You’re just telling us your name, your address, your date of birth, what party you want to be in and your signature.”

For more information on party enrollment status, visit this page on the Monroe County Board of Elections’ website.

New York state voter registration form

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