Instant Expert: How To Rock The Vote!

by Ann Chow · November 8, 2011

Are you still down at Zuccotti Park trying to make a difference? Well, guess what? Today is your chance to leave tent city and do so. It's the one time of the year where the 99% have the same power as the 1%. Today is Election Day, and we've got the breakdown on how to 100% exercise one of your most important and tangible rights.

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If you're not registered to vote already, you missed your chance to vote this year for candidates vying for judgeships. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't register so that you'll be able to vote during next year's Presidential election.

Go HERE to see the qualifications to register and get crackin'.

How To Register

Go HERE to find a location to register in person.

If you're a typical New Yorker on the go, the most common way to register to vote is by mail.

You can download a form HERE. Just print it, fill it out, sign it, and mail it to:

Board of Elections in the City of New York 32 Broadway, 7 Fl New York, NY 10004-1609

And that's all there is to registering.  Look at you, all grown up-like.




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Where To Vote

Go HERE to find your nearest polling site.

How To Vote

"Mark it. Scan it. Vote the New Way." [via]

Exactly, which way is that?  Let's explain.

In the past, NYC voters were able to go into a private booth and manually press on switches that enabled them to vote. It was actually kind of fun - you went in, chose the candidates you wanted, and then cranked a big metal bar at the bottom from one side to the other like you were about to create Frankenstein (in some cases you indirectly did) and the machine would register your votes.

Now, NYC voters have to use a paper ballot in compliance with federal and state law. That's right, we copied Florida, and we know how that turned out in the year 2000.



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So now we vote like we're taking a Scantron test, which means we have to cover our papers, squint our eyes because the writing is too small, and hope no one cheats it's as Easy as 1-2-3. Really, that's their motto.

HERE is the original instructional video:

And that, ladies and gents, is how you vote the new way.

Make sure you get to the poll site between 6 AM and 9 PM today or otherwise, you won't get to vote. We encourage you to make the gap between the 99% and 1% smaller, so Happy Voting!