Last Chance: Primary Voter Registration for State, Local Races

Deadline is only a few days away.

Friday marks an important registration deadline for the Sept. 13 state and local primaries in New York, so if you were hoping to vote but don't have your registration set then here is some key info to know.


Application must be postmarked no later than Aug. 17 and received by the Board of Elections no later than Aug. 17 to be eligible to vote in the State & Local Primary.


You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than Aug. 17.


Notices of change of address from registered voters received by Aug. 24 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State & Local Primary.

Here's the link for more information for Long Island registration: Elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

Friday is also the last day for absentee ballot registration for Presidential primaries. For more information on absentee ballots click here: Elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html

Joe Dowd (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Are your registered? Do you think your vote counts?
George Mulligan August 14, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Does anyone know who the candidates are in these Sept. 13 primaries? The last primary in June was for GOP state senate. We had about a 3% turnout, less than one voter per hour at the Fire House on Haven Ave. I've been asked to work the polls again on 9/13 and I have no idea who will be on the ballot. What if they hold an election and nobody comes to vote. What a long and boring day it will be.
Howard Eisenstat August 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
only 1 race in the Nassau, Suffolk and New York City area, the new 9th assembly district. Joe Saladino versus Richard Young. Found out from the New York State elections site.
Earl Long August 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The State BOE site only lists races that cover races that include more than one county. In Suffolk Bridget Fleming Vs Jennifer Maertz for Senate District One and I believe some others. I think we should all call the state BOE and ask why they can't post a full list.
George Lynch August 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Mr. Long is right. The NYS Board of Elections site doesn't list all the races. The only primary contest I know of locally is Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming against Brookhaven attorney Jennifer Maertz, for State Senator in the 1st District (Eastern Suffolk). Ms. Fleming obtained almost 40% more petition signatures than Ms. Maertz, and had raised over eight times as much money as her rival at the last report, besides having a number of important endorsements, the latest of which will be announced this week. Still, turnout will determine who wins the primary, so thanks to Patch for spreading the word.
Hazel Wilkonson the First August 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Mr. Lynch, your post could be read as a message to voters that Ms. Fleming is a shoe-in, thereby discouraging voters from participating. Your last line is the most important: voters determine candidates, not signatures gathered or money raised. I will not be voting for Ms. Fleming who is abandoning her position on the board to pursue loftier ambitions.
observvant August 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well I'm voting for her Hazel. For the exact opposite of the real reason you are not. Because she's hawt!
LB Swimmer August 15, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if the GOP turnout was 3% in November!
George Lynch August 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Believe the above comment from so-called "Suffolk County Information Services" is wholly incorrect, possibly a fraud. Have just spoken with Suffolk County Board of Elections, who know nothing of such an agency, and say the information is wrong. Am now attempting to contact Patch about this misinformation.
Vincent August 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
observvant: Hazel has my vote also due to the fact that she says she's out of the kitchen now.
Jaguar-Guy August 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I do not believe that this is correct information. I believe that registration for Democrats is earlier, so do not get shut out Dems !!! Please check and re-check - George Lynch is right.
Earl Long August 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
"Suffolk County Voter Information Services" is unethical at it very least and is the worst kind of fraud. Patch here is your chance to get a big scoop expose the dirty trickster and let folks know here in Suffolk Co. we do not put up with this type of voter suppression.
Pam Robinson (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Thanks for flagging the bogus posting. Fake email and user name, now banned. Great to have such alert readers. Thank you.
A. Blinken August 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Go easy George, we don't want anybody putting the microscope on us, we've got work to do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmuF1kjzXV8 Sincerely, New Black Panther Party.
George Lynch August 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Once again, Earl Long is right, this time re the bogus "Suffolk County Voter Information Services." Thanks to Patch for the quick work in taking down the post and banning the poster, but it shouldn't end there. You do have an opportunity to expose a rather blatant political dirty trick if you can trace the perpetrator(s), either by working back from how the post was originally submitted, or through whatever other investigative means you have. Good luck.
Bernadette Massa August 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
In Nassau County, there is an Independence primary for Judicial Candidates. Teresa Corrigan is running and is endorsed by the Independence Party. I have not found any other information online about the other candidates yet.


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