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Voter Registration Deadline For General Election Is Friday

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The deadline for registering to vote is Friday, and that has some people making sure everyone has a chance to decide who the next mayor should be. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

In a dim Penn Station corridor, Onida Coward Mayers has a question.

"Are we registered to vote?" she asks.

She is often ignored. This doesn't stop her from asking again. And again.

Finally, a taker. She is registering to vote. Coward Mayers rejoices at her role in furthering democracy.

"If we don't hold our end of the bargain up, it really starts to fall apart," Coward Mayers said. "So I want to remind people that their role, albeit small, is extremely large."

If you're not registered yet, you, too, can have a role.

Friday is the deadline to be able to cast ballots in city races on November 5, when New York will pick a new mayor.

To learn how, visit vote.nyc.ny.us

If others registering Thursday are any indication, you'll feel better once you did.

"I felt like I wasn't a contributing citizen, so I definitely feel good about myself now," said Monika Morvillo, who registered to vote.

"I feel part of the democratic system," said another person who registered to vote.

New Yorkers aren't only being asked to register to vote. On the same form, they're also given the chance to sign up for organ donation, which is credited with bringing enrollment to record levels.

"About 85 percent of New Yorkers support organ donation, but just 22 percent of New Yorkers are actually registered as organ donors. That's the not so good news," said James Pardes of the New York Organ Donor Network. "The great news is, New York is the only state that allows its residents to register to become organ donors when they register to vote."

What some people don't see as great news is that turnout was so low during the primary. Only about 22 percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans cast ballots.

Coward Mayers sees her job as not just registering new voters, but happily reminding others that the election is three-and-a-half weeks away.

"We have had the same mayor for the last 12 years," she said. "This is your opportunity to vote and to say who that person should be and how your future should look."

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