For any questions regarding your ballot please call your County Board of Elections office or call our State League office at (518) 465-4163.
Election day is Nov. 5, 2020
Important Voting Information:
Governor Signs Additional Absentee Voting Legislation
Late on Friday, the Governor signed the final piece of legislation related to voting by absentee ballot for the November election. S.8370B (Myrie)/A.10830 (Lavine), a bill to allow voters to address issues with their absentee ballots so that their vote can be counted, was finally signed into law. The bill would mandate voters receive notice if their ballot is being challenged because of an issue with their signature or witness declaration. Voters would be alerted by email, phone, and/or mail depending on the availability of personal information, and would have 7 to respond to address the challenge.
Because of the short timeline for counties to adjust to this new law, and the need to certify the 2020 election results in time for the convening of the electoral college, the Governor has issued a limited Executive Order to reduce the number of days to respond to challenges from 7 to 5. This change will only be in effect for the 2020 election.
Voters requesting an absentee ballot should be sure to include their current email address and phone number in their request form. The League will be creating additional educational materials on how the cure process will work as more information becomes available.
The early voting period is October 24 through November 1.
Registered voters voting early may cast their ballots at ANY of the seventeen (17) designated early voting locations. On Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned polling sites.
Early Voting Times:
- Saturday, October 24: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, October 25: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Monday, October 26: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 27: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 28: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, October 29: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Friday, October 30: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, October 31: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, November 1: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Early Voting Locations:
- Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709
- Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
- Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607
- Veterans Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
- Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576
- Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
- Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex at Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
- Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595
- Mt. Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
- New Rochelle City Hall Annex, 90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801
- Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562
- Peekskill Nutrition Center, Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
- Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589
- Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
- Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
- Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
- Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Westchester County Maps
Interactive County Legislative District Maps by Westchester County BOL
By Ina Aronow
When you volunteer to register voters, as I have done for the League of Women Voters for many years, you get a wide range of reactions:
- "Yay. I'm 18 and I can vote!"
- "I'm a citizen now. At last, I can vote!" said with teary eyes.
Then there are the refusals:
- "What difference does my vote make?"
- "All the candidates are awful"
- "Politics is crooked."
As a believer in democracy, it makes me sad when people are apathetic about voting. According to bipartisanpolicy.org, the number of voters was down significantly in the 2012 Presidential election to an estimated 58% of the eligible pool: "Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population, turnout declined from 131 million voters in 2008 to an estimated 126 million voters in 2012 when all ballots are tallied. Some 93 million eligible citizens did not vote."
In New Rochelle, of the approximately 41,000 registered voters, about 11,000 or 27% voted in the New Rochelle Mayoral election in 2011. In some local races, it's not unusual to read that a handful of votes determined the outcome of an election.
So here is my plea: Democracy only works if you and all of us are part of it. Just as a long journey unfolds one foot at a time, democracy is implemented one vote at a time. One of the only places where everyone is truly equal is the voting booth.
Appreciate your right to vote. It wasn't always possible to vote and it has been an uphill battle to expand the vote.
When the US was formed in 1776, only some white men with property had the right to vote. Catholics, Quakers and Jews were barred from voting.
In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution recognized African Americans as citizens, but still only gave African-American men the right to vote. In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment was needed to forbid any state or local government to deny that right.
In 1920, after decades of heated opposition, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified to give women the right to vote.
In 1940, Congress recognized all Native Americans as citizens, but it was not until 1947 that all states recognized their right to vote.
In 1943, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was repealed, giving Chinese immigrants the right to citizenship and the right to vote.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, banning literacy taxes, poll taxes and other obstacles designed to keep people from voting. But there are still calculated attempts by some states to create obstacles to voting and thus sway the result.
If you are a citizen and 18 or older, in order to vote, you need to fill out a Voter Registration Form and mail it or take it to your county Board of Elections. It is optional to declare your political party, which would entitle you to vote in the party's primary election in New York. An easy way to get the form is to download it from the internet at the following sites:
New Rochelle residents can mail their completed forms to the Westchester County address listed in White Plains. You also can pick up a copy of the Voter Registration Form from your local Board of Elections, municipal offices, or from a volunteer group like the League of Women Voters. The League will also bring completed forms to the Board of Elections.
Then get to know the candidates and the issues. Start with your local governments and get to meet the candidates. Encourage your friends, family members and neighbors to vote.
If you find yourself drawn to politics or particular issues, you can volunteer with a political party or an issue-oriented organization. If you've read this so far, you are on your way to becoming an informed voter.
Are you Registered to vote? Check here!
IN-PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212) 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.
For more information, go to LWV New York Voter Services page.
Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:
- see everything that will be on your ballot,
- compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
- print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.