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Public Interest Research Group Urges Purchase Students to Vote

HARRISON, N.Y. – With the Nov. 8 general election quickly approaching, the deadlines to register to vote inch even closer. Alex Wojcik, a project coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group, works out of Harrison's Purchase College and said registering the youth is pivotal to a balanced democracy.

"We are a huge constituency," Wojcik said. "Every issue is connected in some way to the youth."

Wojcik helps organize events at Purchase College to engage college-aged students to register to vote and remain politically involved by showing up on election days.

"It gets a little bit tougher in years like this when there aren't any presidential elections," Wojcik said. "But this campus is registered. They get it."

Citizens who will be 18 or older on Nov. 8 and have lived at their present address for at least 30 days are eligible to vote.

Residents who wish to vote in the Nov. 8 elections must register in person at the Westchester County Board of Elections or at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in White Plains, Peekskill and Yonkers by Friday.

Wojcik also said college students should exercise their right to re-register in the town they reside in while at school, citing that not every state grants students such a right.

The board of elections can send voter registration forms to those who are unable to visit the White Plains office. Residents may download a form online or request one by calling (914) 995-5713.

Registration forms mailed into the board of elections must be postmarked by Friday and received by Oct. 19.

Harrison currently has 15,525 registered voters, according to the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Those who have been honorably discharged from the military or will become naturalized citizens after Oct. 14 have until Oct. 28 to register in person at the board of elections office.

Wojcik helped organized last week's "Rave the Vote" at Purchase College, encouraging students to register before the deadline. She said between 50 and 60 new students registered.

"I don't think voter apathy is in the equation here," Wojcik said. "It's about education and actually getting people out to vote."

Are you registered to vote in Harrison? Why do you think people might neglect to register? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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