Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 3,474 New Yorkers including 1,028 first-time voters have used the Department of Motor Vehicles new online voter registration service.
The initiative, announced August 16, streamlines DMV services by allowing New Yorkers -- for the first time ever -- to apply to register to vote, or update their address or party enrollment, through a secure online site. To date, 3,474 New Yorkers have used the online system to register to vote or to change their address or party enrollment.
"This new initiative is breaking down barriers that have for decades kept New Yorkers from having a voice in their government," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage all New Yorkers who are eligible to vote but have not registered to head to the DMV website and take the this critical step to participating in our great democracy. We will continue the work of bringing state government in to the 21st century and transforming the way the state provides critical services so government can truly work for the people."
The Web site can be found at https://my.dmv.ny.gov/crm/ and can be used by any New Yorker with a drivers license, or non-driver ID.
New York is ranked 47th in the nation in voter registration, with less than 64% of eligible residents registered to vote.
The new system, which will also include digitized voter registration at electronic VeriFone terminals at New Yorks 129 DMV locations, replaced the vast majority of paper forms and is designed to help centralize the digital transmission of voter registration applications. The measure is expected to save more than $270,000 a year.