With Election Day less than 50 days away, National Voter Registration Day aims to get people ready to vote in time to head out to the polls. According to data from the 2020 U.S. Census, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans is not registered. Today's event at the Broome County Public Library wants to get more people informed.

Gillian Friedlander, an adult services librarian, says initiatives like this get people thinking about their voting status before arriving to the polls.

“A day like this is important so people can make sure they are well-prepared before that. And it’s a way to get people registered so they have their voices heard which is very important and helping people realize their voice matters in this process.”

But today is not only about registering to vote. The library and the League of Women Voters teamed up to inform people about every part of the process leading up to Election Day.

“People can check voting status so if they’re actually registered and in the correct area. As well as their polling location. They're able to change information by filling out forms. They're also able to look at absentee voting eligibility and get forms for those and then we’re just providing people lots and lots of information on voting, their voting rights, what they need to bring to poll, all sorts of different things.”

Shane Evans took advantage of today’s event and he says the convenience of the event lead to his registration.

“It’s because the event was here and I usually come here.”

He also added it was quick and easy.

“It only takes a few minutes and it’s very important to get out there and vote.”

If you missed today’s event, don’t worry there’s still time. The last day to register in New York is October 14th. To register or check your status, you can visit https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register-to-vote/.

To see what is on your ballot this November, visit vote411.org.

To find resources like requesting an absentee ballot, election reminders, early voting locations, finding your Election Day polling location and many other things, visit vote.org