Citizenship & Voting


Citizenship and Community Membership

The E.D.P. School encourages our students to be active participants in the American political system as a part of being responsible members of their community.

The Importance of Voting

Perhaps the simplest and most effective way to participate in our society is to be an informed, participating voter. EDP School students are strongly encouraged to register and to vote in State and federal elections.

Voter Registration information for New York State can be found at: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

The qualifications to register to vote in New York State are as follows:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote)
  • You must have lived at your present address at least 30 days before an election
  • You must not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • You must not claim the right to vote elsewhere

Once you have registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence address, name, or political party affiliation.

Constitution Day

Each year, E.D.P. School celebrates “Constitution Day” on September 17 and offers activities to educate our students about the U.S. system of government and their individual role within it. We believe that in order for The E.D.P. School to be a responsible part of our community, we should teach our students to do the same.