Do you want your vote to influence who becomes the next Mayor, Comptroller, and Public Advocate, and who becomes your new Borough President, and City Council member? Did you neglect to make any fun President's Day plans? Thanks to an executive order signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night, you now have through February 16th to change your political party affiliation, and maximize the impact of your vote in the upcoming June 22nd primary.

In New York, only registered voters within a political party can vote in that party's primary. And because New York is an overwhelmingly Democratic town—there are 3.7 million registered Democrats out of 5.5 million total registered voters—that means Democratic primaries have an outsized influence on the outcome of the general election. Turnout has hovered around 20% in recent primaries.

As we reported last week, the deadline to register or switch party affiliations was yesterday, a Sunday during a holiday weekend. Acknowledging that this was a bad idea, Governor Cuomo's executive order extended the deadline.

"Today we are extending the period for voters to change their party enrollment until Tuesday, February 16 to help break down more barriers to the ballot box and help ensure everyone has a chance to exercise this fundamental right," Cuomo said in a statement.

So if you want to vote in the June Democratic primary that will determine the fate of the mayor's race (not to mention all the other offices we mentioned above), ensure that you are registered accordingly.

You can check your party affiliation and voter registration status here. But if you want to change your party affiliation before the deadline expires, you must do it in person Monday (today!) or Tuesday at the New York City Board of Elections. (Time has run out to change affiliations via the state DMV's website.)

To change or register party affiliation today, you would have to go to the BOE's executive office in Manhattan at 32-42 Broadway, 7 Fl, New York, NY 10004.

Tomorrow, Tuesday February 16th, you can either go to the BOE's executive office, or one of their borough offices listed below.

For more guidance, you can call the BOE at 1-866-Vote-NYC, and a polite human being will help you.

1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl, Bronx, NY 10457
Tel: 1-718-299-9017
Fax: 1-718-299-2140

345 Adams Street, 4 Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 1-718-797-8800
Fax: 1-718-246-5958

118-35 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Tel: 1-718-730-6730
Fax: 1-718-459-3384

200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, New York, NY 10014
Tel: 1-212-886-2100
Fax: 1-646-638-2047

Staten Island
1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl, Staten Island, NY 10305
Tel: 1-718-876-0079
Fax: 1-718-876-0912