On Thursday, volunteers were out in full force to get as many people to register to vote in the November 6 midterm elections before the New York deadline Friday night. The clock is ticking.
Volunteers with the New York Public Interest Research Group held many registration drives Thursday, including one at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where more than 150 students completed a form in a single day.
"We have been having people come in throughout the day, even if it's just 15 minutes between their classes, and it really shows how much this means to them," said Layana Abu Touq, a project coordinator.
Student leaders said they surpassed their original goal of 1,400 completed registrations this semester, and are aiming to hit 2,000 by the deadline.
Staff at the city's Board of Elections are also busy. According to the office, as of Wednesday, the number of new registrants this year surpassed 2014 by nearly 25,000 people, or about four percent.
"There is definitely a higher level of enthusiasm, I would say, comparing it to four years ago when we had the governor's election," said Michael Ryan, the executive director of the Board of Elections of New York City.
Still, the numbers don't compare to how many New Yorkers registered to vote during the 2016 presidential election year: About 384,000.
People can register to vote online with the DMV and fill out a form on a LinkNYC kiosk, but they must hit submit before 11:59 p.m. Friday.
"It's a hard and fast and unforgivable deadline," said Ryan.
Paper voter registration forms must be postmarked by Friday's deadline. It can also be accepted in-person until 9 p.m. Friday at each of the Board of Elections borough offices.
For a list of addresses, visit: vote.nyc.ny.us