Want to Vote for Mayor in 2013? There’s an Important Deadline Tomorrow

There’s some sort of political debate happening tonight, but let’s skip over the November 2012 business for a minute and cut to the chase. Are you ready for September 2013?

In NYC elections — where, notwithstanding the last five mayoral races, Democrats hold an enormous citywide advantage — most of the real action happens on primary day. While the 2013 mayoral primaries aren’t until next September, it turns out that many New Yorkers will have to take action tomorrow if they want to vote in the Democratic primary, which is widely expected to determine the winner this time around.

According to the Times, New York has “one of the most unforgiving rules in the country when it comes to eligibility for voting in party primaries.”

Only registered Democrats can vote in NYC’s Democratic primary. And if you’re already registered to vote in New York, but not as a Democrat, October 12 is the last day you can switch your party affiliation in time for next year’s primary. (If you’re not yet registered to vote in NYC, you have more time.)

The good news is that it’s easier for New Yorkers to change party ID now that the DMV processes voter registrations online.

Thanks to reader Albert Ahronheim for flagging this deadline.

  • “notwithstanding the last five mayoral races” — that’s cute!

  • Larry Littlefield

    If you think of “the left” as being in favor of public policies that benefit those with the least power, advantages and resources — rather than a set of interest groups such as the public employee unions and the Medicaid-dependent non-profiteers — then I’m farther “left” than any Democrat I know.

    This is why.  A large share of the Democrats are Democrats for just this reason.  And a large share of the Democratic politicians are mere careerists.  And you don’t advance your career by caring about those who are not in a position to scratch your back in return, or by caring about the future.

    I don’t want to join the NYC Democratic party.  I might be willing to consider joining the Democratic party of some other place, if that were possible.  And I want a real choice on Election Day, when everyone shows up.

    The powers that be inadvertently made it much easier to vote for a write in candidate when they changed the voting method.  And if I’m not happy with my choice, as for State Assembly, State Senate or the House of Representatives, that’s just what I’m going to do.  Write in my name, if I think I have better values and can do a better job.

    Anyone else should feel free to write in my name too.  Or their own name.  Or someone they wish the could vote for’s name.


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