2013 Important Dates
September 10, 2013- New York State Primary Election
November 5, 2013 – General Election
Primary Registration –
By Mail- April 16, 2013 – last day for applications to be postmarked then and received by Westchester County Board of Elections no later than April 21, 2013.
In Person- April 21, 2013 – last day for applications to be received
September 3, 2013- last day to postmark application for ballot, must be received by 9.9
September 9, 2013- last day to apply in person
September 9, 2013- last day to postmark ballot, must be received by 9.17
September 10, 2013- last day for BOE to receive ballot in person
General Election Registration
By Mail- Applications must be postmarked by October 11, 2013 and received by October 16, 2013
In Person- Applications must be received by October 16, 2013
October 29, 2013- last day to postmark application for ballot, must be received by 11.4
November 4, 2013 - last day to apply in person
November 4, 2013- last day to postmark ballot, must be received by 11.12
November 5, 2013 - last day for BOE to receive ballot in person
How to Register
You must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and have established New York State as your voting residence in order to register to vote. Registration, which is by mail-in form, must be done by 30 days before the General Election, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. After that time, registration may be done in person at the Westchester County Board of Elections at 25 Quarropas Street in White Plains. Registration forms are available at the New Castle Town Hall or can be downloaded from the NYS Board of Elections website.
Mail-in Registration Forms may be downloaded from the State Web site (www.elections.state.ny.us) or are available at the New Castle Town Hall, at the branches of the Department of Motor Vehicles, in libraries throughout Westchester County, and in other venues. For further information call the New Castle Town Clerk's Office, (914) 238-4772 or the County Board of Elections, (914) 995-5700.
Voting in Primary Elections
In New York State, primaries are considered the voter's opportunities to help select the candidates of the party of which they are members. Therefore, in order to vote in a political party's primary, you must be enrolled in that party. You may enroll in a party when you first register to vote, and be able to vote in that party's next primary. However, if you already are registered, but have not enrolled before, or if you wish to change your party enrollment, you must do so by filling out a new registration form before the November General Election in order to vote in party primaries the following calendar year. For instance, if you did not enroll as a Republican when you first registered, you must have enrolled as a Republican before the 2003 General Election in order to vote in a Republican primary in 2004.
If you will be away from the county, or will be unable to get to the polls because of illness or disability on Election Day, you may apply for an absentee ballot. You may call the County Board of Elections (914) 995-5700 to have an application mailed to you; download the Absent Ballot Application form from the State Board of Elections Web site (www.elections.state.ny.us); or get one at the Town Clerk's office at the New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua. When the County Board of Elections receives your application, they will automatically mail you an absentee ballot as soon as it has been printed (usually about three weeks before the election).
Or, after the ballots have been printed, you may go to the County Board of Elections, at 25 Quarropas Street in White Plains, in person, fill out the applications and then vote there right away.
All absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and received by the Board of Elections by the Tuesday following Election Day, in order to be counted among the ballot totals.
Absentee voting is also possible for party primaries. A similar procedure should be used.
School District Elections
School district elections are held annually to elect board members and vote on school budgets. In addition, special elections for referendums or bond issues may be held any time during the year. If you are registered for the General Election, you may vote in school district elections. However, you may register with the school district to vote only in school elections. Please contact the School District Clerk at the Education Center, 66 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, New York or call (914) 238-7225 for further information.
Mail-in registration is closed usually 30 days before the General Election in November, but registration after that time can be done either at the County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, or in Chappaqua at Town Hall during three days in October.
To change party affiliation, a new registration form should be filled out.
The new party affiliation won't take effect until after the next General Election.