Most Common Myths and Misconceptions about Registering to Vote, Debunked 

Voting is one of the best aspects of being part of a democratic society. According to the Census, “the 2020 presidential election had the highest voter turnout of the 21st century, with 66.8% of citizens 18 years and older voting in the election.” Although these numbers reside at an all time high, it is important to stay informed and knowledgeable about common myths and misconceptions about registering to vote. In order to keep these numbers high, let’s debunk these common misconceptions! 

Myth #1: “Registering to vote takes too long”

What do registering to vote and brushing your teeth have in common? They both take 2 minutes to complete! Making your voice heard as you register to vote is a speedy process that only takes 2 minutes to complete. DUSA aims at making the process one that is enjoyable and smooth. 

Myth #2: “I must go in person to register to vote”

Registering to vote has never been easier! When you use our online voter registration tool, you can start and complete your application in just a few minutes all from the comfort of your home! Register to vote here: (https://bit.ly/DUSARegister

Myth #3: “I am 16, I can’t register to vote”

When you’re 16, you can pre-register to vore. You will be able to vote once you’re 18 on or after election day. Pre-registration is quick and easy!

To register to vote in New York City, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a New York resident for at least 30 days
  • And be at least 16 years old (you must be 18 on Election Day to vote. 

 Encourage the teens in your life to pre-register to vote using this link: https://dominicanosusa.org/pre-voter-registration/ 

 Myth #4: “I need a driver’s license to register to vote”

Don’t worry if you don’t have a driver’s license, you don’t need it to register to vote! You can still register using a non-driver ID (for example, a state ID) If you don’t have a ID card, states will permit you to register using the last four digits of your social security number (SSN) 

 *Note – some states such as Hawaii, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, Virginia and Kentucky require your full SSN. 

Myth #5: “Once I register to vote, I am set for all future elections” 

Even after you’ve registered to vote in the past, it is important to make sure your registration is up to date. If you have failed to vote in multiple elections, it is possible that your information may be erased from the system. You can check your voter registration here (https://dominicanosusa.org/registration-status-lookup/

Voting is one of the greatest benefits of being part of the United States, take full advantage of it by registering to vote! 

DUSA is the largest Dominican-American civic engagement organization in the US. Over 170,000 voters registered and mobilized since 2014.

4 Things you should know about the special public advocate election on February 26th!

4 Things you should know about the special public advocate election on February 26th!
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On February 26th, 2019 a special election will be held in New York City to appoint a new Public Advocate.

Here’s what you need to know:

What is a public advocate?

A public advocate is an elected official who serves as a connector between the public and the city government. Whoever is elected to this position represents the interests of New Yorkers by reviewing and investigating complaints about city services. The public advocate is also the second highest ranking official after the mayor. If the mayor is no longer able to carry out the duties of the office, the public advocate is the first in line to take over as mayor.

Why is this position important?

A public advocate serves as a “watchdog” for New Yorkers by surveilling the city government and reporting any concerning issues. As previously stated, a public advocate handles your complaints about city services and makes proposals to address the deficiencies of these services. He/she can introduce legislation, but is a non-voting member of the New York City Council.

Why is there a special election in February for a public advocate?

The special election is being held this February to fill this position that has recently been vacated. This is due to the previous public advocate Letitia James assuming her position as New York Attorney General on January 1st.

How is this election different?

One major difference in this election is that it is nonpartisan, as it is with all special city elections. None of the candidates will appear as Democrat or Republican, nor any other political party. Whoever is elected will hold office only for a few months. A primary and a general election will be held in the fall of this year to determine the candidate who will have this position for the full four-year term.     

 

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This election will be the first of 2019. Let’s kick off the new year by going out to vote!

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