Q. “WHO CAN VOTE?”
A. You must be a registered voter in order
to vote in the general or primary elections. To register, you must be a United
States citizen, be 18 years old by the date of the election, live at your
present address for at least 30 days before an election, and not claim the right
to vote elsewhere. You may not register or vote if you have been convicted of a
felony and; you are currently incarcerated; or you are under parole supervision
. Am I registered to vote?
Q. “WHERE CAN I GET A MAIL-IN REGISTRATION APPLICATION?”
If you would like to download a voter registration form, click here. You may pick one up at your
local post office, public library or motor vehicle office. You may also call the
BOE at (845) 807-0400 and ask to have an application sent to you.
I REGISTER IN PERSON?”
A. Yes. Many public agencies are now providing voter
registration forms and assistance. You can also register at the Board of
Elections Office at 100 North Street , 1st floor, Monticello, NY 12701.
Q. “DO I HAVE TO REGISTER EVERY YEAR?”
A. No. Once you register in a
county, you will remain registered at that address. Name, address or party
enrollment changes can be made by submitting a new registration application. If
you move outside of the county, you need to re-register in your new
Q. “HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO VOTE?”
A. You should receive a
postcard from the Board of Elections some time during the summer, telling you
where to vote. Watch for it! It will also indicate your election district
number, which you need to know on Election Day. To visit our polling place
locator, click here. Or, you can call our office at (845) 807-0400 and we will tell you your
appropriate polling place.
Q. "WHAT IS A PRIMARY ELECTION?”
A. A primary is an election
that may take place within each of New York State 's official political parties.
It precedes the general election and provides enrolled political party members
the opportunity to nominate their party's candidates for elected office as well
as to elect various party officials. However, if there is no contest, there is
Q. “WHY SHOULD I ENROLL IN A POLITICAL PARTY?”
party members who help nominate candidates by signing petitions and voting in
the primary have greater political clout than non-enrolled voters who can only
vote in the general election. Moreover, you are not obligated to vote for your
party's candidate in the general election. In November, you may vote for any
candidate from any party.
Q. “WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T VOTE ON ELECTION
A. If you will be out of town on Election Day or are physically unable
to go to the polls, you can vote by absentee ballot.
Q. “HOW CAN I GET AN
A. Absentee ballot applications can be obtained by writing
the Sullivan County Board of Elections, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701 or by calling our office at (845) 807-0400. For more
information and online forms, click here.
Q. “WHAT DO I NEED WHEN I GO TO VOTE?”
A. The majority of
voters do not need to bring anything. First time voters who applied by mail, and
did not provide us with a verified identification, may be asked to show ID. For
those voters who do have to provide ID at the polls, a number of forms will be
accepted. Either a current and valid photo identification with the voter's name
and picture (such as passports, driver's license, or student identification
card), a social security number, or else a copy of a current utility bill, bank
statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows the name
and address of the voter will be accepted.
Q. “WHAT IF I'M NOT PERMITTED
A. Please call our office at (845) 807-0400 and we can check your
eligibility. If you are not on the poll-list, it may be because your
registration form was not received or, for a primary, because you aren't
enrolled in a party. If you believe that you are eligible, you can still vote.
Ask for an affidavit ballot, which is basically a paper ballot, or you can see a
judge and ask for a court order to vote on the machine. After the election, the
Board of Elections will check its records and your vote will be counted, if you
are indeed eligible to vote. If not, you will receive a notice that you are not
eligible, along with a registration application for future elections.
Q.“CAN SOMEONE HELP ME TO VOTE?”
A. If you need some help because you are
disabled or cannot read the ballot, federal law allows you to have a friend or
relative assist you in the voting booth. Election employees at the polling place
are also ready to help you. Be sure to let them know you'll need assistance
before entering the voting booth.