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NYS Releases Online Voting Data


Today,  marking  the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Governor Andrew Cuomo reminds New Yorkers that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming September primary elections is August 16th.

The Governor also released new data showing that more than 200,000 New Yorkers have used the state’s  online service MyDMV, and other automated systems to register, or update, their voter registration.

MyDMV was announced last August and marked the first time that New Yorkers were able to apply to complete the voter registration process online. Since the program began, more than 73,000 individuals have registered online -- 25,344 of them were first-time voters.

Additional information from the Governor's office:

The goal of the initiative was to expand access to voter registration and allow New Yorkers for the first time ever to apply to register to vote or update their address or party enrollment through a secure online site.

“I am very pleased that so many people have taken the opportunity to visit the DMV website and register to vote using this new service,” said Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala. “When Governor Cuomo asked DMV to develop this capability to better serve New Yorkers, we anticipated a great response, and that is what we have seen in the number of people who have now registered to vote either online or using the electronic devices in our offices.”

In order to apply to register to vote online at http://dmv.ny.gov/, a person must have a valid New York State license or identification card and establish a MyDMV account. MyDMV requires users to create a secure online account that is validated through the verification of personal information, such as date of birth, social security number, address and license document number.

Additional details concerning the Governor’s efforts to increase access to the voter registration process can be found at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08162012-voter-registration-reform. More information specifically on online registrations is available here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08272012online-voter-registration.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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