By REBECCA WEBSTER
Recorder News Staff
Montgomery County residents still have the opportunity to register to vote locally today.
On Friday in the city of Amsterdam, four inspectors from the Montgomery County Board of Elections sat in Centro Civico with voter registration forms awaiting residents to come and sign up.
Karen Quist, the coordinator at the table and one of two Democratic inspectors there, said the registration was at Centro Civico because the Board of Elections thought it was a perfect location to be stationed at as it is easily accessible in the city.
Two Republican inspectors also sat at the table to provide a checks and balance approach.
But only one person showed up to register within the four hours they were there.
Quist said there really hasn't been a change in the recent years in the number of voters registered in Montgomery County.
"In the last five years, we've had a lot more people who have registered," she said, adding that the presidential elections bring out more people to vote.
According to the New York State Board of Elections, as of April 1, there were a little more than 27,000 active enrolled voters in Montgomery County and a little more than 2,500 inactive enrolled voters.
That active enrolled voters number is down from April of last year.
Elizabeth Ciani, one of the Republican inspectors at Centro Civico, said she finds that after elections, some people that do not vote will often "crab about" who's in office.
But when Ciani asks who they voted for, they respond by saying they didn't vote.
"It's a privilege to vote," she said.
Jane Button, also one of the Republican inspectors, echoed Ciani's sentiments.
"It is a privilege. We live in the United States, and we're one of the lucky countries that get to elect our president," Button said.
The four women sat to answer any questions that voters might have while filling out the registration forms, and will be there today for the same reason.