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Are you registered to vote? The deadline is approaching

BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — The voter registration deadline in New York State is Friday, October 11 for anyone wanting to be able to cast votes in November’s general elections.

You can register by visiting the board of elections office in Binghamton, printing out the form online and mailing it in, or through the DMV’s website.

The Broome County Board of Elections says it always sees a decrease in registration during years that don’t have any federal offices on the ballot.

“Registration, this year, has been steady. It’s not as busy as last year or next year,” said Deputy Elections Commissioner Christina Dutko.

But County Executive Jason Garnar says he believes that shouldn’t be the case.

“I think local elections, in many ways, are more important than national elections are,” said Garnar.

On the ballot this November are the local Supreme Court Justice, the District Attorney, town offices in Vestal, and the Binghamton City Council.

“Making sure your neighborhood is a nice looking neighborhood. Are your property taxes going up or going down?” Garner explains. “These are all things that people at the local level get to make decisions about and you get to elect them.”

With the addition of early voting in the state, Garner says there are no excuses for not voting. If you won’t be available on November 5, you can request an absentee ballot or vote during the early voting period.

“I’m a democrat but I’d rather you register as a republican than not vote at all,” said Garner.

Gabrielle Caracciolo

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