Registering to vote more important than ever

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With the local and mid-term elections swiftly approaching, eligible New Yorkers of all backgrounds and political leanings must register to vote and those who are already registered should make sure others in their communities are prepared to cast their ballots.

The rights of women, people of color, and immigrants are more vulnerable than ever and it is imperative we ensure that our leaders are representing New Yorkers’ concerns and views.

The data is clear: more New Yorkers need to register and vote in elections. From 1953 to 2013, voter turnout decreased from 93 percent to only 26 percent and during the 2016 election, New York ranked 41st out of 50 states in voter turnout.

As a city, we must work to break down barriers to voting and amplify the voices of women, low-income communities, and others who lack representation in our political system.

This summer Womens City Club of New York is hosting voter registration events across the city, including at Jackson Heights Library and Queens Central Library, encouraging New Yorkers to sign voting pledge cards, fill out voter registration forms, or update their address if they have moved.

New Yorkers can also access voting guides and register online at, and learn more about voting rights and elections from LWV-NYC.

Our goal is to promote civic engagement and get more women and eligible girls to register to vote, particularly those who are seeking access and opportunities, and empower them to make their voices heard at the ballot box and in public policy.

Carole Wacey

Forest Hills

Womens City Club of New York

President & CEO

Posted 12:00 am, August 14, 2018
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Dwayne from Queens says:
#walkaway (found on facebook)
Aug. 14, 2018, 6:53 am
Helton from Flushing says:
"The sky is falling" - so say the democrats. What a foolish and desperate statement.

First off, who's fault is it that so many NYers don't vote? Nobody's stopping anyone from voting.

Ms. Wacey states "we must work to break down barriers to voting and amplify the voices of women, low-income communities, and others who lack representation in our political system."

What barriers is she talking about? People are just lazy when it comes to voting. Since NY votes so liberal, haven't the democratic politicians removed these so called "barriers"? If any barriers exist, tell the democrats who run this city to look in the mirror to blame someone, cause it sure ain't Trump doing it.

Ms. Wacey then says "the rights of immigrants are more vulnerable than ever." No they're not. You mean the "rights" of ILLEGAL immigrants are more vulnerable than ever. An oxymoron if I ever heard one. And I say it's about time. And by the way, so do many democrats.

There was an article in yesterdays NY Times about this subject (®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront).

The gist of the article complains about Trump wanting to tighten benefits given to "immigrants." I remember when my grandparents immigrated 95 years ago and they had to vouched for and taken care of by their families if they wanted to come to America - as it was for so many years before today's "we democrats will pay for anyone to come here" mentality.

The best part of the article is the overwhelming rejection of the NYT writer, including democrats who say this is a losing issue - because American citizens should come first.

Have you seen the proliferation of Senior Day Care Centers exploding on the Flushing scene? All of the signs say that people on Medicare and Medicaid are eligible.

Now who do you think is paying for all of these seniors, many of which I'd say have been in America for about 5 minutes?

That's got to add up to billions of dollars a year that are NOT being used to help American citizens.

Here's a few comments from that article...
"It’s topics like this where the NYT doesn’t often realize you can be a Democrat and still want common sense regulation for immigration.

As a Hispanic immigrant myself, It seems reasonable to encourage immigration that doesn’t take more than it gives.

I hope Democrats don’t use this issue or “abolish ICE” to win the midterms because they won’t find much support."

"Take note: comments on this topic in the liberal NYT are overwhelmingly in favor of this Trump administration policy. Lax and permissive immigration policy will destroy any hope of Democratic electoral success."

Desperate times cause desperate measures.
Aug. 14, 2018, 3:53 pm
Helton from Flushing says:
I messed up the link to the article. Here is the correct link...®ion=stream&rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion&version=latest
Aug. 14, 2018, 3:56 pm
those who qualify from Queens says:
No, we cannot register everyone to vote. Those who are NOT citizens, are out on parole for a felony, those who are underage, etc are not allowed to register but some liberal groups encourage them to do so in the hopes of getting votes for their favorite candidates. In addition, the advantage of being a US citizen is the freedom to NOT vote if you do not choose to be part of the process.
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