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Voter Registration Cutoff Date Looming

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:14

New York State residents have through next week to register to vote in November's general election.

According to the Suffolk County Board of Elections website, the cutoff date for in-person registration and postmarked mail applications is Friday, Oct. 11. A printable form is available online and forms are also available at each Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Voters must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age by the end of this year. Voters cannot claim the right to vote in more than one location. Those in prison or on parole for a felony conviction are not eligible to vote unless rights of citizenship have been restored or there has been a parole pardon.

A voter already registered and seeking an absentee ballot must mail an application no later than seven days before the election. The application form is available online at

Spanish-language voting information is also available at that web address.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

New this year in New York State is an early voting period, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3, after a package of voter reforms was passed in February. Early voting in East Hampton is at Windmill Village at 219 Accabonac Road, Community Room 2. In Southampton, the location has been changed to the Stony Brook Southampton campus's athletics building at 70 Tuckahoe Road. 

Additionally, it has been announced that voters can cast ballots early at any of the 10 early voting sites in Suffolk County, rather than specifically at the site nearest to where a voter lives.

For the presidential primary vote in the spring of 2020, voters can now designate or change their party affiliation by Feb. 14, 2020, instead of Oct. 11 this year, thanks to new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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