Voting

2018 Voting Dates:

School Board Elections – May 15th

Federal Primary Election – June 26th

State / Local Primary Election – September 11th

General Election – November 6th

Click here to download our Voter Registration/Absentee Voting FAQs handout.

Register to Vote

Click here to download a voter registration form. Once you’ve filled it out and signed it, mail it to Columbia County Board of Elections at:

401 State Street
Hudson, New York 12534

Alternatively, you can click here to complete an accessible form online. You must then print it out, sign it and mail it to the above address.

For more information and other ways to register, visit the NY State Board of Elections site here.

The deadline for registering or switching registration from another location to Germantown is June 1st for Federal Primary; August 17th for State/Local Primary; October 12th for General Election on November 6th.

Voting Rights of Second Home Owners*

If you have more than one home, you don’t have to vote at your primary residence. You have the right to choose which one you vote from, as long as you have a legitimate, significant and continuing attachment to it.  Many Part-time residents of Germantown and surrounding communities have been choosing to register to vote here.  Their votes are making a difference, and yours can too!

If your primary residence is in NYC, but you choose to register to vote in Germantown, you should know about the following:

  • You will NOT be called to jury duty based on the county in which you vote.
  • You do NOT need to change your driver’s license or car insurance.
  • If your NYC residence is a rent-regulated apartment, registering to vote in Germantown is not recommended, since that could jeopardize the rent regulation status of your apartment.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

New York Democratic Lawyers Council –  http://nydlc.nationbuilder.com/secondhome

Vote Where It Counts (includes useful FAQs) – http://votewhereitcounts.org/

Currently upheld NY State Court Decision in favor of choosing place to vote- http://www.courts.state.ny.us/Reporter/3dseries/2008/2008_08050.htm

*Disclaimer: Please note that the contents of this website are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice.

Absentee Voting

For those who need to vote in absentium, you can Click here to download an absentee ballot application. The last day to postmark your application form is October 30. 

Alternatively, once Absentee Ballots have been printed and are available, a voter may go in person to the Columbia County Board of Elections offices, apply for and receive an absentee ballot on the spot, fill it out and submit it, all in that single visit.

Call or visit the Columbia County Board of Elections

401 State Street
Hudson, New York 12534
(518) 828-3115
Ask to speak to a Democratic Elections official

 

The offices are open between the hours of 8am-4pm on weekdays.  Additional hours will be announced closer to the election.

Click here to learn more about absentee voting.