LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Though voter turnout was tremendous for this past presidential election, the Livingston County Board of Elections (BOE) is traveling to local towns to spread the message that voter participation is as important, if not more so, in upcoming Village and Town elections.
The BOE plans to set up voter registration drives in all of Livingston County’s 17 Town Halls before the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017. The goals are to register anyone who has not yet done so, answer any questions about the elections or the BOE and bring the services of the BOE more into the public spotlight.
“We feel that local election years are the most important years to be involved and exercise your right to vote,” said Democratic Commissioner David DiPasquale. “We all know that you can’t really pick up the phone and call the President or even your Federal and State officials and get them on the phone to talk about issues you may have. But we do know that you can call your Town Supervisor, Town Council People and your Village Mayor or Village trustees and speak to them about matters.”
The first of these drives will be on Feb. 28.
“We will be in four different Town Halls on Feb. 28. Lima, Dansville, Livonia and Mount Morris,” said Republican Commissioner Becky Schroeder. “Voters have to register by March 10 in order to vote in the Village elections, and this makes it easier than to drive to Geneseo or download the voter registration form from our website. This is something that we will do in every town in Livingston County before the General Election.”
“We feel that local election years should be the biggest years,” said DiPasquale. “We will be doing these drives to try and bring voter registration to the communities. Stay tuned to hear which towns we will be going to next.”