February 27, 2012 | News from the Chancellor
In anticipation of April’s presidential primary election, March is Voter Registration Month at CUNY.
If you are not yet a registered voter, now is the time to complete an application and make sure that your voice is heard in the upcoming elections. The right to vote is one of the most important privileges in our democracy.
CUNY has made registering easy. The CUNY Votes website has a downloadable New York State Voter Registration Form that can be printed and mailed to the New York City Board of Elections, along with a how-to guide and deadlines for registration.
The deadline to register for the April 24, 2012, New York presidential primary election is March 30, 2012.
For the New York State primary election on September 11, 2012, the deadline to register is August 17, 2012. For the general election on November 6, 2012, the deadline to register is October 12, 2012.
I encourage all CUNY students, faculty, and staff to participate in these important elections. With the help of the College Voter Registration Coordinators and the support of the University Student Senate, many CUNY colleges are holding voter registration events and making available voter registration applications on campus. Please check with your college to learn more about upcoming events.
If you are not a citizen and are in need of services to put you on the path to citizenship, CUNY’s Citizenship Now! organization offers free citizenship and immigration assistance, including one-to-one consultations and English and civics courses. Please visit our Citizenship Now! website for more information.
CUNY students who are interested in other civic opportunities, such as community service, citywide volunteer activities, and cultural events, should take advantage of “Citizen CUNY,” the University’s online entry to student services, which can be accessed through the CUNY portal. This intranet service connects to many other University benefits, as well, including job banks and career counseling, veterans services, financial aid advice, and much more.
Voter participation and civic involvement are vital to a strong democracy. Please visit www.cuny.edu/vote to register, and mark your calendars for upcoming state and federal election dates.
March forward and vote!