Hey Indivisiblers of Glen Cove!
By now your friends and family have probably identified you as “the political one”. So they will be counting on you to tell them what to do and how to vote in the upcoming NYS primary and midterm election. So here’s a handy post with just about all you need to know. Put this info in your phone and spread it around. One of the most important things you can do to help build the #BlueWave is to inform. So if a friend asks you any of the following questions, now you have the answers!
Question: Why does this election even matter? Why is everyone making a big deal out of it? I only vote for presidential elections:
Answer: This election matters because we are losing civil rights, social safety net programs, environmental protections, funding and freedoms for so many things we count on, like infrastructure, free and fair elections, public education, health care etc at the federal level. These losses will keep coming under the trump administration. To combat this, individual states like New York, can protect their rights and citizens with state laws if they are able to get a Democratic Governor, Attorney General and Lieutenant Attorney General, and State Senate and Assembly. Then, we can serve as an example to other states to combat trump’s agenda.
At the Federal level it is important in this case to VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO because if we don’t flip the House to the Dems by keeping the seats we have and flipping seats from R to D, we have no hope of truly checking the tump agenda and zero hope of impeachment no matter what Mueller finds in the Russian investigation.
- Am I registered?
- Where do I go to vote?
- When is the primary? The election? Who is running?
- How do I get an absentee ballot?
Answer: To find out anything about upcoming NYS elections send people to: https://www.elections.ny.gov
Q: HELP! I just discovered I’m not registered! What do I do?
A: Go to https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/580/Voting-Info-Services for all the information you need. Or walk in in person to Nassau County Board of Elections
240 Old Country Rd (5th Floor)
Mineola, NY 11501
They can call 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application; or
download a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form (English Form or Spanish Form). Print the form, complete and sign it, and mail it to:
Nassau County Board of Elections P.O. Box 9002 Mineola, NY 11501
Some important dates for the General Election:
October 12th: Last day to postmark application for general election registration and last day for in person registration. Last day to change party enrollment
Oct 17th: Change of address must be received by this date.
Q: When is the primary?
A: September 13. IT’S A THURSDAY!
Q; Who is running in my district?
Ballotpedia will work for any state, any district, any election. You can get sample ballots by typing in your address.
Q: What are we deciding on Thursday September 13, and who even are these people?
A: Thursday, September 13th is a primary race for NYS. We will be choosing the Democratic candidate for Governor, Attorney General, and Lieutenant Attorney General. Click on the blue links to find out more about each candidate.
Also, we have a primary for Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General.
Attorney General Candidates are:
Candidates for Lieutenant Governor:
Q: So then what are we deciding on November 6?
A: November 6 is the General Midterm Election. Again, you can go to ballotpedia for a sample ballot to see who is in your district.
We in Glen Cove are voting for one of our Federal Senators:
Kirsten Gillibrand (D) vs. Cheley Farley (R).
Kirsten has been a fierce opponent to the trump agenda and she has a target on her back, so it is important to turn out for her.
We also are voting for our Federal House of Representatives.
Tom Suozzi (D) vs. Dan De Bono (R) and Josh Sauberman (I). It is important in this case to VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO because if we don’t flip the House to the Dems by keeping the seats we have and flipping seats from R to D, we have no hope of truly checking the tump agenda.
On the New York State Senate level, the Democratic candidate is Jim Gaughran. He’s running against incumbant Republican Carl Marcellino. Regardless of how you feel about Marcellino, we need to make NYS a Democratic majority to keep all the rights and protections that we are losing under trump. Again, in this election, it is imperative to VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO, if we don’t want to lose what we love in NY.
Our New York State Assembly candidate in Charles (Chuck) Lavine. He’s a great friend to Indivisible, and we want to keep him in his seat.
Q: I can’t make it to vote on that day. What can I do?
A: Vote by Absentee Ballot!
College students going to school out of their home county, people traveling, people working out of their county late on the day of an election all qualify for an absentee ballot. Also, anyone who can’t make it to the polls because of a disability. You can get all this information from https://www.elections.ny.gov but in case they don’t want to click on a link, here’s the dates:
FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE PRIMARY:
GO TO https://www.elections.ny.gov and click on the button for absentee ballots to request one. If you want to go in person, our local Board of Elections is https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/566/Board-of-Elections and the physical address is 240 Old Country Rd # 5, Mineola, NY 11501
September 6th: Last day to postmark request for absentee ballot for primary to be mailed to you
September 12th: Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot/last day to postmark absentee ballot for primary
September 13th (THURSDAY): Last day to hand primary ballot in in person
FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION:
October 30th: Last day to postmark application for absentee ballot for general election
November 5th: Last day to postmark absentee ballot, last day to apply in person for abasentee ballot.
November 6th: Election day, last day to hand absentee ballot into BOE in person. You can assign someone to hand in your absentee ballot for you.
Okay, hope that helps as an overview. If you have any questions, contact the Board of Elections, our local Democratic Committee, or throw a question up on the Facebook page of Indivisible Glen Cove and I’m sure someone will answer!