Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Voting - The New York State Primary and General Election

Vote... or stop bitching.
1. When is the 2014 primary in New York State?
It is on Tuesday, September 9. Candidates for state offices will be voted on, including Governor and Lt. Governor. The general election will be on November 4.

2. Who can vote in the primary?
In New York State, only registered Democrats can vote in Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans can vote in a Republican primary. Independents give up their right to vote in either one. It is too late to register for the primary election after mid-August. (There are multiple problems with the system, but that's the law.)

3. Can a voter with two homes (owned or rented) be registered to vote in two locations?
No. A voter may vote in only one location in an election cycle.

4. Does registering at the address of a vacation home change the location of someone's "residence" for tax purposes?
No. New York State Law allows second homeowners to choose where they want to vote - either their first or their second home. Someone with a home in New York City and a home on the East End of Long Island may register and vote on the East End even if New York City is the person's primary residence. However, there must be a continuing connection with the East End residence.

5. How do I register to vote in November?
To vote in the general election, register. Pick up a voter registration form at the Post Office, fill it out and mail it in before the deadline (in 2013 it was October 10). To change your registration address from New York City, make sure that you include your current voting address in Box 10 of the registration form, so that registration from the NYC address is cancelled.

6. I won't be near my local voting address in November. Can I cast an absentee ballot? 
Yes. Pick up a request application for an absentee ballot form at the Post Office and fill it out immediately; the deadline for submission of the application will be at the end of October (in 2013 it was October 29) . If you are registering to vote and need an absentee ballot application, the voter registration form is one-stop shopping, because it provides an opportunity to apply for the application in Box 14.

7. What Offices are on the ballot?
State Executive: NYS Governor . NYS Lieutenant Governor .  NYS Comptroller . NYS Attorney General
NYS Senators (All 63 districts of the New York State Senate are up for election in 2014, including the 27 districts which represent parts of New York City.)
NYS Assembly Members (All 150 districts of the New York State Assembly are up for election in 2014, including the 66 districts that represent parts of New York City.)
US Congressional Representatives (All 27 New York districts of the United States House of Representatives are up for election in 2014, including the 13 districts that represent parts of New York City.)

8. What Ballot Proposals are voted on?
In addition to voting for candidates, New Yorkers vote on whether to amend specific provisions of the New York State Constitution via referenda, also known as ballot proposals. The NYS legislature (both the State Senate and Assembly) must vote on the proposals' appearing on the ballot two years in a row. Then, the NYS Board of Elections must certify the language of the proposals - and their abstracts, or official summaries - by early August, 3 months before the General Election.

9. Other Questions?