Albany, NY - October 17, 2016 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced from October 1 to October 14, the Department of Motor Vehicles automated online system processed 214,356 online voter registration applications, including 122,147 from first-time voters. The number of applications received during those two weeks shattered the previous one month record of 140,602 applications, including 78,432 from first time voters in September. Two single day records were also set in October, with 59,018 applications processed on Thursday, October 13 and 67,782 processed on Friday, October 14.
"Our online voter registration system has broken down barriers and enabled hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to participate in the electoral process," Governor Cuomo said. "These new records demonstrate the ease and success of this system and I am proud these New Yorkers are ensuring their voices are heard."
Since Governor Cuomo launched the online application system in 2012, the DMV website has processed 822,014 online voter registration applications, including 383,118 from first time voters.
DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, "Since day one, Governor Cuomo has made it a priority for New Yorkers to access their government more efficiently. DMV’s online voter registration system is a perfect example of how effectively these strategies are working. With unprecedented activity on our website leading up to the October 14 deadline, hundreds of thousands of new voters will now have an opportunity to vote in this year’s presidential election."
The DMV recently updated its website to allow New Yorkers to register to vote without signing up for a MyDMV account. Applicants must enter information from their New York State driver license, permit, or non-driver ID, their date of birth, current zip code, last four digits of their Social Security Number, and email address. The information provided is validated to ensure accuracy and security.
The upcoming presidential election is on Tuesday, November 8. DMV does not approve or deny voter registration applications. Upon completion, DMV sends the voter registration applications to the appropriate County Board of Elections for review and action. Once processed, the county will notify the applicants that they are registered to vote, or that additional information is needed to complete the application. New Yorkers can also visit the New York State Board of Elections to check their voter registration status.
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about registering to vote through the DMV website.