Voting

2019 Voting Dates:

General Election – Tuesday, November 5th from 6AM – 9PM

The polling place for Germantown residents is the Kellner Activities Building on Palatine Park Road.

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

2019 Early Voting Information

For the first time in NYS, early voting will be allowed for all registered NY voters. Early voting will be available for nine days beginning October 26th and ending Sunday November 3rd. The closest early voting location for Germantown Residents is in Hudson.

Important notes:

–  If you vote early, you are not eligible to vote again on Election Day, Tuesday November 5th.

–  You must vote at your regular polling place in Germantown on Election Day. You cannot vote at the early voting location in Hudson on November 5th.

–  Votes cast during early voting will be counted on Election Night, Tuesday November 5th.

Early Voting Locations

The County Building, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534

H Glynn Municipal Building, Valatie, NY 12184

Copake Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake, NY 12516

Hours

Saturday Oct. 26th– 9am to 2pm

Sunday Oct. 27th– 12pm to 5pm

Monday Oct. 28th– 9am to 5pm

Tuesday Oct. 29th– 12pm to 8pm

Wednesday Oct. 30th– 12pm to 8pm

Thursday Oct. 31st– 9am to 5pm

Friday Nov. 1st– 9am to 5pm

Saturday Nov. 2nd– 9am to 2pm

Sunday Nov. 3rd– 9am to 2pm

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 May 31st for Federal Primary; October 11th for General Election on November 5th.

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 29th.

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.

Ballots will be available sometime in October.

Call or visit the Columbia County Board of Elections

401 State Street
Hudson, New York 12534
(518) 828-3115
Ask to speak to a Democrat!

The offices are open between the hours of 8am-4pm on weekdays.

Click here to learn more about absentee voting.

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 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.