Participation in question as Nov. 6 elections near
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According to Janine McElroy, director of campus life at Molloy College, there have been many voter registration days on campus so far this semester.
NYPIRG has registered more than 1,200 voters since the semester began, through classroom announcements and staffing tables in common areas to promote registration.
The dismal voter turnout percentages apply to the local level as well, said Boylan, a Rockville Centre resident.
“We have a trustee election coming up, but if you look at the number of residents in this village and then the number who vote, it’s not good,” Boylan said.
According to the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness, participation in school budget votes in generally between 10-15 percent of eligible voters. The Rockville Centre School District 2012-13 budget and trustee election, held in May, had only 2,907 total votes. In the 2009 Rockville Centre Board of Trustee election, there were 3,911 total voters and in the 2011 mayoral election, there were 4,941 total voters.
“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” Boylan said, stressing the importance of the Nov. 6 election day. “If anyone failed to get registered for this election, they should still get registered. There are trustee and school elections coming up. It doesn’t end.”