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Students, election commissioners speak out on National Voter Registration Day

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(WBNG) -- With 42 days until the election, the race to The White House is heating up. Sept. 22 is a push for voters because it's National Voter Registration Day.

At Binghamton University, students from the Center for Civic Engagement checked in on fellow Bearcats. Voting ambassadors approached their peers on campus asking, "Are you registered to vote?"

The group also provided resources for students, including checking in with those who requested an absentee ballot.

Shelli Cohen, a voter ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, said that she has been helping register student-voters since she got back to campus. "When we were doing it during move-in [day], we saw around 100 students a day," she said, "but every day is different."

But BU students aren't the only ones signing up.

Mark E. Smith, Broome County Republican Election Commissioner, says that voter registration is high, adding: there are a lot of important issues for voters ranging from the pandemic to the selection to the next Supreme Court Justice.

"This year there's been a huge turnout," he said. "You see it on social media, you see it with athletes and movie stars -- everyone's pushing to get out the vote so we've had a tremendous, tremendous amount of registrations, absentee ballots, absentee ballot requests, so it's a very busy time for all of us here at the Board of Elections."

Smith adds that the number of absentee ballots that have been requested are the highest he's "ever seen."

To get more information and to learn how to register to vote, click here.

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