Westchester County Elections 2021
Westchester County Elections are Nov. 2, 2021
It’s not too early to think about this fall’s elections. There are three ways to vote: in person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2; early voting in person from Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31; and by absentee ballot. Make a plan to vote now!
First things first. Are you registered to vote?
The Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee encourages every person who is eligible to vote to register and vote. Check your registration status at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov.
If you are not registered, register:
There are several ways to register. You can download the voter registration form from the Westchester Board of Elections website https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com./register-to-vote.
The last day to register in person at the Westchester Board of Elections is October 8. If you send your registration form to the Westchester Board of Elections by mail (25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601), it must be postmarked by October 8 and received by October 13.
If you are honorably discharged from the military or become a citizen after October 8, you may register in person at the Westchester Board of Elections until October 23.
If you change your address, the last day the change will be processed is October 13. On Election Day, you must appear at the assigned polling place for your current address, even if you did not change your address on file with the Westchester Board of Elections. Your vote will not be counted if you do not cast it at your assigned polling place on Election Day. The rule is different during early voting. During early voting, all Westchester voters may vote at any early voting location. Check early voting hours and locations here: https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/early-voting-2021.
Absentee ballots--Applications: Because of the pandemic, if you want to vote absentee, mark “temporary illness” on the absentee application form. October 18 is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by online application, fax or email. You can apply for an absentee ballot online through the State Board of Election’s website—https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov.
Absentee ballot requests may be sent to the Westchester Board of Elections by fax (914-995-7753 or 914-995-3190) or by e-mail (BOE-WestAbsentee@westchestergov.com). November 1 is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot at the Westchester Board of Elections.
Returning Absentee Ballots: Absentee ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by November 2 and received by the Westchester Board of Elections by November 9, except for military voter ballots which may be received by November 15. Absentee ballots may be returned in person at any Westchester early voting location, any Election Day poll site, and at the Westchester Board of Elections until the close of the polls on Election Day, November 2.
Early voting period is from Saturday 10/23 through Sunday 10/31. See VoteEarlyny.org for early voting locations and hours. A registered voter may vote at any early voting location in the county.
Vote in person at only your assigned polling site from 6am-9pm (If you vote at a location that is not assigned to you on election day, your vote will not be counted.)
For Supreme Court:
For County Executive:
For County Clerk:
For County Legislator:
Five State Wide Ballot Propositions:
1-Redistricting (do not need supra majority for each state house to accept a map, only a majority): Changes many of the technical details regarding the process, including the vote necessary in the legislature to accept maps. If seven out of ten commissioners of the Independent Redistricting Commission approve maps on a timely basis, then the legislative vote to approve would change from a two thirds majority to a simple majority. If seven out of ten commissioners fail to approve maps on a timely basis, then the vote to approve maps changes from a two thirds majority to a 60% majority.
2-Right to Clean Air and Clean Water and Clean Environment
3-"Same day" Voter Registration--new voter may register on election day (must be implemented by state legislation)
4-No excuse absentee voting
5-Increase the jurisdiction of the NYC Civil Courts from $25,000 to $50,000
One County Wide Proposition:
Tightens county ethics laws--clarifies the reporting requirements
Register to vote. Have you moved recently? Not voted in a while? Register, check or change your voter registration here, at www.vote.org.