WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Local chapters of the League of Women Voters will hold voter registration drives in the coming weeks as part of the organization’s inaugural National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday.
While some chapters like New Castle and Bedford will hold events on Tuesday, others have already held several and have more scheduled before the voter registration deadline of Oct. 12. LWV chapters will have applications for new voters, which it will then submit on their behalf.
“We’ve got to get people out to vote,” said Stephen Dewey, chairman of the Town of Ossining Republican Party. “This year is going to be one of the more critical years to get out and vote regardless of what party you’re in. It is surprising to me how many people who are not registered around here. This is one of those freedoms we are afforded and it’s going to be especially critical here this year.”
Madeline Zevon, president of the White Plains LWV, said her chapter has registered nearly 100 people at seven drives in September, and has two more scheduled for Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the White Plains YMCA and the White Plains Housing Authority, respectively.
The New Rochelle chapter has held four at the city’s three college campuses – Iona College, College of New Rochelle and Monroe College - with another scheduled for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monroe College.
On the LWV’s National Voter Registration Day Tuesday two chapters will hold events: –
- New Castle LWV will hold a drive at the Chappaqua Starbucks and the Millwood A&P from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The Bedford, Lewisboro and North Salem LWV will hold a drive at the A&P on 422 Old Post Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other Westchester LWV chapters holding voter registration drives include Somers and Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester.
Residents who will be American citizens, 18 or older, and have lived at their present address for at least 30 days on Nov. 6, are eligible to vote.
Unregistered residents who wish to vote in the Nov. 6 elections can also register in person at the Westchester County Board of Elections or at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in White Plains, Peekskill and Yonkers. Residents may also download a form online or request one by calling 914-995-5713.
Registration forms mailed to the Board of Elections must be postmarked Oct. 12 and received by Oct. 17.
Those who have been honorably discharged from the military or will become naturalized citizens after Oct. 12 have until Oct. 26 to register in person at the Board of Elections office.
Voters are encouraged to call the local league Voter Service Chair or visit Vote411 to get further detail about candidate forums in their area.