Groups get out the vote in Brooklyn before primaries

With hours ticking by for New Yorkers to register to vote in the presidential primaries, groups are getting the word out in Brooklyn.New York City

SHEEPSHEAD BAY - With hours ticking by for New Yorkers to register to vote in the presidential primaries, groups are getting the word out in Brooklyn.

New York City residents have through Friday, Jan. 11 to register to vote in the Feb. 5 primaries for the Democrat or Republican of their choice. Voter registration forms are available at City Council members' offices.

The New York City Voter Assistance Commission has proclaimed 2008 Voter Awareness Year. It is holding non-partisan registration drives throughout the five boroughs.

Many campaigns, such as Democracy in Action, are working to register immigrants. The state translates voting literature into several languages. Advocates say people often delay getting their citizenship, losing their ability to vote.

"There are a lot of issues in our community," says Margaret Chin. "Affordable housing, quality health care, adequate education and comprehensive immigrant reform. That's what we're all concerned about."

In order to vote, people must be an American citizen, a New York City resident for at least 30 days and be at least 18 years old. Other restrictions apply.

The presidential general election is Nov. 4.

Related information:Board of Elections in the City of New York

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