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National Voter Registration Day Is Tuesday

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:45
Arlene Hinkemeyer of the local League of Women Voters branch offered help with voter registration at the Clinton Academy museum on Saturday during the "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" exhibition there.
Durell Godfrey

For National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and North Fork will be providing voter information at tables set up across the East End. 

League members will be outside the Montauk Post Office from 10 a.m. to noon, outside the East Hampton Post Office, from noon to 2 p.m., at One Stop Market in East Hampton from noon to 2 p.m.; at the Springs General Store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Southampton Arts Center on Jobs Lane from 1 to 3 p.m., outside Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton from 4 to 6 p.m., and at the Shelter Island Library from 2 to 5 p.m.

At the tables, league members will distribute voter registration forms (the deadline to register is Oct. 9) and absentee ballot applications (the application deadline is Oct. 27, while the mail-in postmark deadline is Nov. 3). Members will be available to answer any questions about the process.

The organization is sharing critical voting information, such as the fact that voter registration forms are also available online by going to the New York State Board of Elections website at elections.ny.gov or the Suffolk County Board of Elections website at suffolkvotes.com.

New this year, instead of filling out and mailing in an absentee ballot application, registered voters can also apply for a ballot online by going to absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov. After requesting a ballot there, an email confirmation will be sent.

In the nine days from Oct. 24 through Nov. 1, before the general election on Nov. 3, registered voters in Suffolk County may cast ballots at any of the early voting sites in the county, regardless of where in the county they live. In East Hampton the early voting site is at the Windmill Village, 219 Accabonac Road, community Room 2. There is also an early voting site in Southampton Town at the Stony Brook Southampton campus, 70 Tuckahoe Road in Southampton. Those polling places will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26, from noon to 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Oct. 30, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons also is informing people that while Suffolk County is not planning on having collection boxes for absentee ballots, a voter or a friend may drop off a sealed absentee ballot envelope at the early voting site from Oc. 24 to Nov. 1, or at the person’s polling place on Election Day.

Warby Parker’s Beach Reads store at 48 Main Street in East Hampton will feature QR codes on its storefront on Tuesday for customers to check their voter registration status, register to vote, and access important information about upcoming local and general elections. 

The brand is working with Vote 411 to provide localized, step-by-step guidance to aid customers in the voter registration process. All Beach Reads store associates are trained to help customers utilize the QR codes to register onsite and answer any questions. 


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