For National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be spread out across the East End again this year with voter information tables in communities from Westhampton to Montauk on the South Fork, and on Shelter Island and the North Fork.
The League will be distributing voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications, flyers with the 26 early voting dates/sites/times on October 29-Nov. 6, and information on the affordable housing referendum that will be on the November 8 ballot.
The League tables on Sept. 20 will be stationed:
Outside the Montauk Post Office, 10 a.m.-12 noon
Outside the East Hampton Post Office, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outside the Springs One Stop Market, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outside the Bridgehampton Post Office, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outside Sag Harbor’s Schiavoni’s Market, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outside Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library, 3 to 5 p.m.
Outside Hampton Bays King Kullen, 12 to 2 p.m.
at Westhampton Beach’s Westhampton Free Library, 3 to 5 p.m.
at Shelter Island Library, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
and at sites on the North Fork, still to be confirmed.
The Board of Elections mail-in deadline for voter registration forms is October 14. The deadline for the Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot application is October 24, while the mail-in postmark deadline for the return of the absentee ballot to the Board of Elections is election day, November 8.
Voter registration forms are available online by going to the New York State Board of Elections website at www.elections.ny.gov.
For East Hampton Town residents, the early voting site from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6 will be Windmill Village, 219 Accabonac Rd., Community Room 2. For Southampton Town residents, the site is Stony Brook Southampton University campus gym, 70 Tuckahoe Rd.
New this year, Shelter Island Town has an early voting site at the Shelter Island Youth Recreation Center, 1 Bateman Rd.
For Southold Town, it’s Southold Senior Center, 750 Pacific St. in Mattituck. For Riverhead Town, it’s Riverhead Senior Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane.
Suffolk County registered voters may vote at any of the 26 early voting sites in Suffolk County, not only the location in their town.
Now in its 11th year, National Voter Registration Day was established in 2012 on the fourth Tuesday in September (3rd Tuesday this year, because of the Jewish holiday) and boasts thousands of partnering organizations throughout the United States. Its purpose is to bring attention to the importance of registering to vote on time before the deadline.
The National Voter Registration Day organization reminds people that millions of Americans will turn 18 and be newly eligible to register and vote this year. Also, those millions who move and those millions who marry and change their names will need to re-register to update their voter registrations.
Those with questions can contact the League at 631.324.4637 or the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631.852.4500 or www.suffolkvotes.com.