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Things you should know before casting your ballot!

What time are the polls open?

NY:From 6am to 9pm.

NJ:From 6am to 8pm

RI:From 7am to 8pm

What do I have to bring on Election Day?

It is suggested to bring a form of identification with you if are a first time voter (i.e. driver’s license, U.S. passport, utility bill, etc). If your identification has not been verified (meaning you did not fill out the last 4 digits of your social security number or your DMV number when you registered to vote) you should bring a form of identification or a proof of address.

How do I mark a paper ballot?

There are instructions that are printed on the paper ballot. The paper ballots are processed through scanning machines so it is important to mark them correctly. Fill in the oval next to or above your choice. Fill in the ovals with a pen with blue or black ink.

I am disabled. Can I still vote?

All poll sites are now accessible to the handicapped. We also offer transportation. We like to prioritize seniors or handicapped citizens. But if you have a special circumstance, don’t hesitate to call us at: 718-665-0400 to schedule a pickup.

Why do I see the same name of a candidate multiple times?

Don’t panic! Some candidates run under multiple party lines. Just make sure you only mark their name one time.

What if I don’t speak English?

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What if I moved and I didn’t re-register, what can I do?

You can still vote at your previous polling site location of your previous address and re-register with your new address after the elections are over.

What if my name isn’t found on the list of registered voters when I go to vote?

Firstly, make sure you are at the proper table for your address. Also make sure you are at the correct Election and Assembly District. If your name is still not found, you can request an affidavit ballot. An affidavit ballot is given to those who believe they are eligible to vote, but cannot submit a regular ballot because their name is not found. If your eligibility is verified, your affidavit ballot will be counted as a regular ballot. The reasons why your affidavit ballot can be rejected if you are not registered to vote, if you are voting in the wrong jurisdiction, or the ballot was filled out incorrectly. By law, an affidavit ballot must be given to eligible voters who cannot vote with a regular ballot.

How do I qualify for an absentee ballot?

You can qualify for an absentee ballot if you have a valid excuse for not being able to cast in your vote on Election Day. Valid excuses include being absent from your county, temporary or permanent illness or disability, if you are a patient in a Veteran’s Administration Hospital, or if you are in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or in prison for any offense other than a felony.

What if I did not receive my voter’s card in the mail or lost my voter’s card?

If you are voting for the first time and have not received your voter’s card, you can verify if you are registered and where your polling site location is by using the voter lookup and poll site locator website. If you have voted before and lost your voter’s card, you do not need your voter’s card in order to vote. However if you would like to have your voter’s card, you can contact your local Board of Elections office and they can resend one to you.

I did not register with a party affiliation. Can I still vote?

For general elections, you can vote without registering with a political party. For primary elections, you cannot vote without a political party.

Can I vote for someone who is not a candidate for my political party?

For general elections you can vote for whichever candidate of your choosing, regardless of the candidate’s political affiliation. For primary elections, you have to vote for the candidate running for your party.

Do I have to re-register to vote for every election?

No you do not. You will remain an active voter if you continuously vote. The reasons for re-registering to vote are if you haven’t voted for more than four years, to make a change of address if you have moved, to make a change in your name, and/or to change your political affiliation.

Why do I see other names on the ballot?

There are other elections besides the presidential election taking place on November 8th, 2016. There are also elections for U.S Senator and U.S Representatives.

Can I vote before November 8th, 2016?

There are certain states where early voting is allowed. Early voting is not allowed in New York, New Jersey, nor Rhode Island.


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