Last day to register to vote for general election, except for tomorrow
Officially, it's the last day to register to vote, but with a couple of qualifications to that statement.
First, if you are mailing in your registration form or having another person drop it off for you at a town hall, today is the last day. If by mail, it needs to be received by Oct. 19, with a postmark of today.
Second, the state allows local registration tomorrow. That means, you need to register in person, no drop-off registrations, at a town hall. In the City of Batavia, the location is the Fire Hall on Evans Street.
There are four candidates who have qualified for New York's presidential ballot:
- Hillary Clinton
- Donald Trump
- Jill Stein
- Gary Johnson
Other key races are U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, CIty of Batavia Councilman at Large (click here (pdf)) for a complete list of offices on local ballots and the candidates in each race).
Richard Siebert, one of the county's elections commissioners, has said that he's expecting a record turnout for the Nov. 8 election.
"We’ve had a lot of activity," Siebert said. "We had a strong turnout in the primary. We had a 40-percent turnout on the Republic line in the primary. There’s been a lot of interest, both for Trump and for Hillary in our county. We normally experience anywhere around 70 to 72 percent in a presidential year. I think this year we will exceed that."
Up for grabs in New York for the presidential election are 29 electoral votes, which is 5.3 percent of the total electoral votes in the nation, and a little overf 10 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
The latest news going around is that "Spin Master" (the Canadian global toy company that acquired The Ohio Art Company this year) has received a standing order from the Clinton Foundation, for 2,500 Etch-A-Sketches.
Sorry, Wikileaks. Your days of hacked emails is coming to an end, I guess.