Recently naturalized citizens are still eligible to vote in this year’s general election, but must register in person at the New York City Board of Elections by October 29

CITY HALL – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Ben Kallos today reminded New York City residents who naturalized after October 14th, 2016 of their eligibility to vote in the November 8th 2016 General Election but stressed that they must register in person at a local Board of Elections office by October 29th.

“The 2016 election has been tarnished by hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric that threatens the very principles our nation was founded on,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “There is nothing more American than exercising your right to vote. I urge every recently naturalized citizen in our city to send a powerful message by registering to vote at the Board of Elections and casting a ballot in what may very well be the most important election of our lifetime.”

“Voting is a privilege that secures the most fundamental tenet of democracy: electing people who represent our needs,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “This couldn’t be more critical today in this year’s election, especially for our recently naturalized citizens. We need your voice and we need it now more than ever to keep moving our country forward for everyone, including our immigrants, women, the LGBT community, and working families across this city and country.”

“Naturalized American citizens embody everything America and New York City represent in the eyes of the world: acceptance, diversity, unity and freedom,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “We urge every newly naturalized citizen to take advantage of the extended deadline of October 29th to make certain their voice is heard in this most consequential 2016 election.”

New Yorkers can locate their local Board of Election Office here.