Voting Information for the NOV. 3, 2020 General Election

Senator Jen Metzger (SD-42)

 

Dear neighbor, 

It is absolutely vital that we are able to safely exercise our most fundamental democratic right to vote in the November election, and have the assurance that our votes will be counted. For voters who prefer not to vote in person, I strongly encourage them to apply for their absentee ballot ASAP, and vote as early as allowable before election day to help make the ballot-counting process smoother for our county Boards of Elections. Please read all of the information below and share with folks in your communities.

Please feel free to contact me with questions about any of the information shared below. You can email me or call my Middletown office at (845) 344-3311 or my Liberty office at (845) 292-0215. Another great way to stay informed is by following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

All my best,

 

 

Senator Jen Metzger
New York State Senate, District 42

 

 

What’s on the ballot in November?

  • President
  • Congress
  • State Senate
  • State Assembly
  • NY Supreme Court
  • Civil Courts

     

---DEADLINES---

  • Friday, October 9, 2020: Last day to register to vote. Look up your voter registration status HERE.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Notices of change of address from registered voters must be received by October 14, 2020, by a county board of elections to be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election. 
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail. 
  • Monday, November 2, 2020: Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person at the Board of Elections. 
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Last day to return and postmark the ballot to the Board of Elections.

---GETTING REGISTERED TO VOTE---
If you have a NY driver license: Register at your current address online 

OR you can print and mail a form to your county Board of Elections: 

OR you can go to your county Board of Elections:

---ABSENTEE VOTING---
During the pandemic, all voters also have the option to vote by absentee ballot, and you can apply for your ballot now. For those who voted absentee in the June primary, you will still need to request an absentee ballot for the November 3 election as the Governor’s previous Executive Order was only applicable for the June primary election. (NOTE: Even if you request an absentee ballot, you can still choose to vote in person instead, either by way of early voting or on election day.) 

All New York voters can now apply for their absentee ballot electronically through the NYS Board of Elections’ Absentee Ballot Application Portal.

Another option is to download and fill out your absentee ballot application and vote, following a 2-step process:

Step 1. Request an absentee ballot. Concern about COVID is a perfectly valid reason to request an absentee ballot -- make sure to check the box on the absentee ballot application for “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason for receiving an absentee ballot if you are choosing to vote absentee because of the pandemic.

Mail in the application as soon as possible but no later than October 27.

You can also apply in person at your county Board of Elections until November 2.

Step 2. Fill out and return the absentee ballot.

The ballot must be postmarked or handed in to your county Board of Elections by election day, November 3.

---EARLY VOTING---
Early voting in person will be held October 24 through November 1, 2020, at designated poll locations. You can vote early even if you requested an absentee ballot. By spreading out the voting over 10 days, we can reduce crowding at the polls and enable people to exercise this fundamental democratic right safely. Visit the links below to view the dates, times, and addresses of poll sites in Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.

---ELECTION DAY VOTING---
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. You can vote in person even if you requested an absentee ballot. If you choose to vote on election day, you must vote at your designated polling location.