The 2008 elections are right around the corner, and it’s time to get prepared. Unfortunately, if you’re not registered to vote in New York yet, it’s too late for you to vote in November. (But it can’t hurt to register anyway, so you can vote next time around). For those of you who are (or think you are) registered, here’s a handy guide:

1) Confirm that you’re registered to vote by calling 1-866-VOTENYC or using the New York State Voter Registration Search. The online search is helpful because it also provides your Senate, Congressional, and Assembly District information, which is also available through CITI.

2) Find your polling place. The friendly people at 1-866-VOTENYC can help you with that, or Here is the NYC Board of Elections Poll Site Locator. You can even email the NYC Board of Elections, and they’ll write you back with the location of your polling place.

3) Find out who’s running. Okay, we all know about Obama and McCain, but there are local ballots to be cast as well, including races for State Representative, State Senate, State Assembly, and a number of Judgeships. Check out this PDF to find out who is running in each district.

4) Vote on November 4. Polling places will be open from 6am until 9pm. It’s a good idea to bring some kind of identification with you. Acceptable identification includes a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

NOTE: If you believe you are registered to vote and are not on the rolls at your polling place, ask for an “affidavit” (paper) ballot, and ask the poll worker for advisement about following up on your status. You are legally entitled to an affidavit (paper) ballot and must be given one.