Get Out The Vote

Tomorrow I’ll be voting in person in New York City for the first time (previous votes have been done by absentee ballot). Like many young, fairly transient people, I had no clue where my polling place was. Fortunately I’ve now received two separate emails from the Obama campaign directing me how to find my polling place in New York(One sent by David Plouffe yesterday, another from Barack Obama today).

The targeted email directs me to: and directs me, as a resident of New York City, to this NYC Board of Elections page where I was able to find my polling place. Non-NYC residents are sent to a portal for all county Boards of Elections.

What I actually found most helpful was the information provided on voting rules and time:

  • Polls are open in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Erie counties from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Elsewhere in New York, polls are open from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Anyone in line at the time the polls close is allowed to vote
  • If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail, bring a valid photo ID or a document that shows your name and address
  • If your name does not appear on the voter rolls or if you are a first-time voter and can’t provide proper identification, you may vote by affidavit ballot

Thanks for the help, Obama campaign!

For what it’s worth, I’m currently undecided about who I will vote for tomorrow…

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