Friday, May 25, 2012

Can College Students Register at their College Address?

The NYS Board of Elections website says that a registrant must live at the address on the registration form at least 30 days before an election.

RVA called the Monroe County Board of Elections for clarification.  The answer is that college students have a choice.  They can register here or they can register at their home (assuming it’s not here).  If they register here, they must vote at the polling place for the address here.  If they register at home, they must either request an absentee ballot from there or go to vote at the polling pace for that address.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tips for Becoming a Better-Informed Voter

The web site of the League of Women Voters US, is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides non-partisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information, including the location of polling places.

To help expand access to this information, the League built several widgets for use by state and local Leagues and individuals on their websites. These widgets are free for anyone to use.

Seek knowledge before the election, vote, and keep tabs on your legislators afterward.

In addition, the local League ofWomen Voters / Rochester Metropolitan Area features on their web site a listing of “Who Represents You 2012” giving contact information for federal, state, and local elected officials. For a printed copy of this listing, call 585-262-3730.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Why Should I Vote on November 6, 2012?

Why Should I Vote on November 6, 2012?
"If we listen, and speak, and vote, we can choose the world we want, and choose leaders who will work with us to create it."
- Lily Ickow, Intern, Episcopal Public Policy Network

Many of our faith traditions and community organizations maintain that informed voting is not only a civic duty but also an ethical one. Politics is about shaping society so that all the people within it can flourish. If people want to have a part in that (and it is definitely in their interest), then voting is their moment to say ‘I do.’ President Eisenhower put it this way: “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” Voting seals your status as a citizen; it’s “what citizens do.”

Thomas Jefferson stated, “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.”

On November 6, 2012, though you may have more immediate things to do, like buying milk or getting a haircut, use your vote – or maybe one day you won’t have it.

Democracy is a noble ideal toward which we are always in progress. As long as we can imagine how to confront the wrongs of our democratic tradition, we should vote.

Yet our country has a disturbingly low voter turnout. This means that only a relatively few citizens determine the results of an election. If you don’t vote, you will have to live with the decisions of those who do. Encourage others to register and vote too!