Governor celebrates unprecedented surge in last-minute online voter registrations

March 22, 2016 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, March 22 announced an unprecedented surge in last-minute online voter registration activity less than one month before the New York State presidential primary.

According to Cuomo, between March 10 and March 20, MyDMV – the state’s first and only online voter registration system – processed more than 40,883 voter registration applications, including 20,889 first-time voters.

Specifically, the website boasted an all-time record on Friday, March 18 as it celebrated a total of 13,961 applications received – more than 7,000 of those being first-time voters.

“Business is definitely picking up on the MyDMV voter registration website and we couldn’t be more pleased with these results,” said New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “Casting a ballot to vote on the future of our country is one of the most fundamentally important things we can do as Americans.”

“Our online voter registration portal is key in this administration’s efforts to knock down barriers to democracy and encourage more participation in the electoral process,” said Cuomo. “I encourage anyone who needs to register, or update their information, to join the growing number of New Yorkers using this simple and convenient tool to ensure their eligibility to vote in the upcoming presidential primaries.”

New Yorkers must register by March 25 in order to cast ballots in the upcoming presidential primaries on April 19.

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