In a nation (city? office?) of the largely apathetic and weary, there are those who remind us, sometimes, what we are supposed to stand for, if only we could ever muster up the energy. Such is one of our dear readers, an eager voter-to-be and first-year law student who moved to New York City from upstate New York just in the nick of time to be denied eligibility for voting in tomorrow’s primaries. Read on and weep.
I’ve lived in NY for 7 years, yet I can’t vote in the primary on Tuesday.
My name is [Redacted]. I lived in Upstate NY for the past 7 years and am now a first year law student at NYU residing in Greenwich Village. I attended a Attorney General candidate forum at the law school recently, and was looking forward to voting in the primary next Tuesday, September 14th.
Unfortunately, for people who move during the weeks leading up to an election, including many of my first year classmates, voting is not as simple as it ought to be. It turns out that I need to have lived in New York City for the last 30 days to vote here (I moved from Albany on the first day of orientation, August 25th); moreover, since I am no longer a resident of Albany County, I was told that I am ineligible to vote absentee there. With elections scheduled for shortly after the start of school, this would seem to tend toward mass disenfranchisement of young (18-26, say) voters, who are likely to be moving around this time.
When I called the State Board of Elections, they said there would be judges on hand in locations around the state (as of Tuesday — less than a week from when the polls open — the list of judges wasn’t available); furthermore, they said that I could explain my situation to the appropriate judge and he may give me a court order allowing me to vote.
I am not sure yet if I’ll go through the cumbersome steps of calling back the State BoE, finding out which judge and where, going there and waiting my turn to plead for an order, and going to my polling location on Tuesday. Maybe I will, but most others won’t. This ought to be addressed for future elections, or else the media and over-40 crowd should stop wringing their hands when youth voters don’t show.
I could submit this as opinion, but I think this is perfect for news, especially given that time is short. Thanks for your consideration.
News, indeed, that members of our rampaging youth actually want to vote in primaries! We salute you, reader, and think you’ll make a fine lawyer indeed. Now, get out there and tell the State Board of Elections what’s what. Ennui is for bloggers, not aspiring lawyers. We haven’t wrung our hands since the early ’90s.