What with all the talk about resisting and making your voice heard at the ballot box, don't forget that a local election is coming up, and change begins at home. Now that you've remembered that, also don't forget that you need to register TODAY if you'd like to vote in the upcoming primary elections for state and local offices on September 12th.

The good news is that registering to vote in New York is easier than ever, because the DMV has a specific page allowing you to do it without making a whole MyDMV account, which would just be another username and password you'd probably forget. All you need to do if you've got a New York driver's license is head here (you'll need to go the DMV in person if you have an out-of-state ID) and enter your information. That's the good news.

The bad news is that New York's voter registration rules are still hopelessly outdated, and lag behind a number of states that don't have or even care about having our "progressive" bonafides. Want to change your registration to Democrat or Republican so you can have a say in the upcoming primaries in your neighborhood? Whoops sorry, the deadline to change your party affiliation and also vote as a member of that party is 25 days before the previous general election. Which was October 14th, 2016.

New York also doesn't have same day voter registration, automatic voter registration or early voting. A package of voter reform bills that was pushed earlier this year by Governor Cuomo would have introduced same day registration and early voting to the state. However, he dropped the effort to add the items to this year's budget effort after too much opposition, and the effort went nowhere during the legislative session in the state Senate controlled by a Republicans and a group of breakaway Democrats.

That being said, even if you think you're registered, you should check to make sure you didn't get purged from the voter rolls. We live in a healthy, functioning democracy.