Friday is the last day for New Yorkers to register to be eligible to vote in next month's general election.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 13 and received by the New York State Board of Elections no later than Oct. 18.

New Yorkers can apply to register to vote, or change their enrollment information, by using the state's online voter registration application service on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles' website.

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"Voting is essential to democracy, and we urge all New Yorkers to register to vote and make their voices heard," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. "With more ways to register to vote than ever before, I encourage everyone to ensure your information is up to date so you can participate in the election."

To be eligible to vote in New York, one must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old by Dec. 31 of the year in which one files the form;
  • live at one'spresent address at least 30 days before an election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction;
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.