The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale recently hosted its annual information session and membership drive for renewing and prospective members. Aside from advocacy on local and regional issues, the league focuses on school and village budgets, local election processes and youth outreach. The group also provides voter education and encourages citizen participation.
Participation is the key.
How many of us voted in the last election?
And how many of our adult children voted?
According to Pew Research Center, millennials (people between the ages of 18 and 35) continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group — about 46 percent voted in the last presidential election.
The general election — Tuesday, Nov. 6 — is less than three weeks away.
Offices up for election are U.S. senator, House of Representatives, New York State governor and attorney general, and on the local level, New York State Senate, state assembly, state Supreme Court judge and county court judge.
Go to Vote411.org to get personalized information on candidates and issues based on your address and zip code.
The League of Women Voters of Westchester’s Voters Guide — due to arrive by mail any day now — is another informative resource.
Read it. Study it. Share it with your family members.
If you are not yet registered, hurry up, the deadlines are looming.
Today, Oct. 12, is the last day to postmark your voter registration form so it will be received at the board of elections by Oct. 17.
Today is also the last day to change your party affiliation, as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did earlier this week. Reregister in person by 5 p.m., at a nearby board of elections.
If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must notify the board of elections of your new address (via a voter registration form) by Wednesday, Oct. 17.
And, if you will be away from your voting district on Election Day, your application for an absentee ballot must be postmarked and mailed no later than Oct. 30, although in-person applications are accepted through Nov. 5.
Time is of the essence.
Make sure you and your adult family members are registered.
Find out where to vote by entering your address at Vote411.org. (Fox Meadow School is the temporary polling site for those who usually vote at the Scarsdale Library, which is under construction.)
Then make sure you go and vote.
If you don’t, then consider the adage, “In a democracy, people get the leaders they deserve.”