Columbia County Board of Elections
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2021 General Election is Tuesday, November 2nd
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EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ABSENTEE VOTING at the 2021 General Election
Four important changes to Election Law were enacted this year, which apply to the November 2, 2021 General Election:
1). The most significant new law requires that an application or request for an absentee ballot that is TO BE MAILED TO THE VOTER must be RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION. Absentee ballots will not be MAILED to voters unless the application for the ballot is RECEIVED by the Board of Elections by October 18, 2021. This is a major change. Until now, such an application had to be MAILED by the voter at least seven (7) days prior to the election. Importantly, an absentee ballot application that requests that the ballot be GIVEN to the voter or to the voter’s designated agent at the Board of Elections can still be received by the Board as late as the day before the election. The reason for this change is that the old deadline did not work with actual mail delivery time frames. So, if voters want absentee ballots MAILED to them, they need to get their applications in by October 18. (Chapter 273; A5783/S264)
2). Voters can again request an absentee ballot via the State Board ONLINE PORTAL or by submitting an ELECTRONIC REQUEST VIA EMAIL. (Portal or email requests are subject to #1, above.) This law is good for 2021 only and expires at the end of this year. (Chapter 249; A6046/S6379)
3). Again, for the November 2021 General Election, the risk of exposure to Covid is a valid reason for obtaining an absentee ballot. A voter desiring to vote by absentee ballot due to Covid concerns should select "temporary illness" as the reason given on the application for the ballot. (Election Law § 8-400[1.][b]. This was allowed by Executive Order in 2020)
4). The last day for a voter to POSTMARK an absentee BALLOT mailed to the Board of Elections is Election Day. This makes permanent the alteration of the law that has recently been in effect. (Chapter 250; A6047-A/S6429)
Early Voting Locations for 2021 General Election:
Columbia County Office Bldg.
Martin H. Glynn Municipal Center
Early Voting Times for 2021 General Election:
Saturday, October 23 From 9am-2pm
PRIMARY ELECTION: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
FINAL RESULTS HERE. (Updated July 8, 2021)
Village of Chatham Unofficial Results (March 16, 2021; also 6 absentees to be counted)
Mayor: John Howe (28)
Village Trustee (top two elected):
Jaimee Boehme (25)
Pete Minahan (28)
Village Elections: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Village of Chatham
Village of Kinderhook
Village of Philmont
Village of Valatie
REVISED ELECTION DISTRICTS ARE NOW IN EFFECT FOR 2021 COUNTY COMMITTEE PETITIONING. (February 22, 2021)
To comply with statutory size limits, Election District have been added and/or changed in eight towns:
Chatham, Claverack, Clermont, Copake, Gallatin, Ghent, Greenport, & Livingston.
For candidates circulating petitions for County Committee seats and voters signing them, the new Election Districts and revisions will be in effect for March 2021 petitioning. A description of the changes is here and draft maps are here.
You can look up your Election District here.
Party Enrollments by Election District and Designating Petition signature requirements are here.
Nearly all voters will continue to vote at the same polling place as in the past.
PARTY CHANGE DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 14.
A change of party enrollment received after February 14 will become effective on June 29--after the Primary Election--so it would be effective with respect to a caucus held on or after June 29.
PRESIDENTIAL, FEDERAL and STATE RESULTS
2020 General Election
November 3, 2020--CLICK HERE.
For Certification by Party, CLICK HERE.
These results include all voting.
Last update: Dec. 2, 4:00 PM
LOCAL RACES, FINAL RESULTS
--CLICK HERE (Austerlitz, Claverack, Copake, Hillsdale, and Kinderhook Town Races)
For results by Town and Election District, CLICK HERE (Complete results.)
VILLAGE of CHATHAM ELECTION, September 15, 2020
* Presidential and Federal Primary election results are posted at the links below.
Due to Covid-19, we ask that voters attempt to do election related business by phone, mail, or email.
Phone (518) 828-3115
Here are some commonly requested forms from the Board of Elections:
NYS Voter Registration Form:
*Change of Name *Change of Party
*Change of Address *Change of Contact Information
*Change of Mailing Address *Change of County Where You Vote
ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE SIGNED IN INK FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE VALID
NYS Absentee Ballot Form:
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Deadline Feb 14th for Party Enrollment Changes:
To vote in a primary election, if your party is having a primary, you must be enrolled in that party by February 14th of the year in which it occurs. If you want to change your party enrollment, your properly completed Voter Registration Form must be IN HAND at the Board of Elections by Friday, February 14th.
Please note: A change of enrollment completed on MyDMV on February 14th will not be considered timely for this year's primary elections.
Any change of enrollment received after February 14th will take effect after the primary election of that year.
2021 Election Schedule
March 16 (Tues): Village Elections -- check your village website for polling hours
May 18 (Tues): School Elections -- check your school website for polling hours and locations
June 22 (Tues): Primary Election -- polls open 6am-9pm; early voting June 12-June 20
Nov 2 (Tues): General Election -- polls open 6am-9pm; early voting Oct 23-Oct 31
2019 General Election
Office hours at the Board: 8am-4pm, M-F.
For Austerlitz Voters
You now vote at the Town Hall at 812 Route 203 in Spencertown instead of at the firehouse.
For Stockport Voters
You now vote at the American Legion Hall at 107 County Route 25 (across Route 25 from the firehouse).
For City of Hudson Voters
City ward boundaries changed on January 1, 2017 due to the passage of Proposition 1 in the November 2016 election. See the Board of Elections' press release of February 14, 2017 and the attached map for more information.
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