Any New Yorkers who visited the Google homepage this morning saw a personalized message reminding them that today is the last day to register to vote in the Empire State before the 2016 presidential election:
Those who clicked on the message were directed to Google’s voter registration guide (available in English and Spanish), which provided a link to the state DMV website, where people can register using their driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID. The DMV automatically forwards the registration form to the resident’s board of elections—they can check the New York State voter registration search engine to ensure their form was received.
The Google service also includes step by step instructions for citizens who want to register in person or by mail—this process must also be completed today.
Any New Yorker who wants to vote must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 8, and who resides in New York as of October 9. Prospective voters cannot be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, be declared mentally incompetent by a court or claim the right to vote in another state.
Once they’ve completed the voter registration procedure, New Yorkers can get information about Election Day itself—polls will be open from 6 AM to 9 PM throughout the state (though anyone who requires an absentee ballot will need to submit an application by November 1, and mail their completed ballot so it’s postmarked by November 7). Anyone voting in person for the first time may need to show some form of ID (driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, bank statement or paycheck, among others).
Voters can also search their street address to find their polling place and see their full ballot.
If you live in the other 49 states, never fear—the New York page includes a dropdown menu where you can search for your state’s specific voter registration requirements as well.
Facebook held a similar voter registration drive last month, which led to over 120,000 Californians registering to vote on a single day.