Undervotes = Blank Votes

There was a confusing and potentially misleading article this morning (11/9) on the front page of the Press & Sun-Bulletin about problematic Undervotes in Broome County.  Please know that an Undervote is nothing more than a BLANK VOTE by the voter.


 There will be a correction/clarification to that article forthcoming from the Press & Sun-Bulletin.  


 Our voting machines alert a voter to mistakes. It will alert for Cross Endorsements (double votes or voting for the same person on multiple lines), Overvotes (choosing too many options), and Blank ballots trying to be cast.

The machine will beep and on its LCD screen show the problem and offer the voter the option to cast or reject their ballot. It also catches and rejects ballots with ambiguous marks forcing voters to possibly darken circles or get a new ballot to eliminate any stray marks.

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Poll Site Evacuated / Moved

The Board of Elections has announced a polling place change.  The polling site for VESTAL Election District 19 at the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints at 305 Murray Hill Rd in Vestal has been evacuated due to smoke and those voters now must go to the Jewish Community Center at 501 Clubhouse Rd in Vestal.


 

If you need any clarification call 607-778-2172.

 

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GOP Name Replacement

Last week Windsor Town Justice and General Election candidate William P. Tully Jr. passed away, and under New York State Election Law, the Republican Party is able to name a replacement for their endorsement for that position on the ballot.   The Broome County Republican Executive Committee met over the weekend and named retiring Broome County Clerk Richard Blythe to be their replacement candidate.  The election winner will take the oath of office as Justice on January 1st, 2018.  

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SuffrageWinner

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, you will receive a commemorative "I Voted" sticker that pays homage to Women's Suffrage and the 100th Anniversary of a Woman's Right to Vote.   Over 18,000 New Yorkers cast a vote for the winning sticker design during a contest held back in September.

 

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Suffrage "I Voted" Stickers

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.  To celebrate, the State wants your help in selecting the perfect “I Voted” sticker, commemorating the suffrage movement in our State, for Election Day.​

Follow the link and make your choice for the best sticker that millions of New Yorkers will wear proudly after casting their vote on November 7.  Do it quickly though, as sticker voting closes Friday, September 29th at 5pm.

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Primary & Polling Places

The 2017 Local Primary Election will be conducted on Tuesday, September 12th.  

There will ONLY be a Republican Primary in the Town of Fenton and a Republican, Conservative, and Independence Primary in the Village of Johnson City.

There will be NO Primary Election for voters in the Democratic, Green, Working Families, Women's Equality, or Reform Parties in Broome County.  

Broome County Board of Elections will have Primary Polling Places open from Noon-9pm.  

 

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Upcoming Local Primaries

There are only two municipalities with local Primary Elections on September 12th in Broome County.   The Town of Fenton will have a Town Justice Primary between two Republicans; and the Village of Johnson City will have a multi-party primary for Mayor.  A Complete list of parties, races, candidates, and ballot line placement is now available. 

 

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Town of Union Vacancies

Earlier this month, the Town of Union Clerk Gail Springer announced she is retiring.  On Wednesday (7/26), during a special meeting, the Town of Union Board accepted the resignation of Councilman Leonard J Perfetti and then appointed him as Town of Union Clerk effective Saturday, July 29th, the retirement date of Clerk Springer.   

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OTB Petition Filings

(Broome County races with opportunity to ballot petitions will be listed at the bottom of this post)  In accordance with the Political Calendar and New York State Election Law, Opportunity To Ballot Petitions may be filed until 5pm Thursday, July 20th.  The Broome County Board of Election will be open until 5pm to accept those petitions.  The Board's Summer Office Hours of 8am-4pm will resume on Friday.  To see which candidates/races have petitions filed continue to the end of this post...

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Candidates Filing Petitions

(Broome County Candidates filing designating petitions will be listed daily at the bottom of this post)  In accordance with the Political Calendar and New York State Election Law, Designating Petitions may be filed Monday-Thursday, July 10th-13th.  The Broome County Board of Election will be open from 9am-5pm during that time to accept petitions.  The Board's Summer Office Hours of 8am-4pm will resume on Friday, July 14th.  To see which candidates have filed designating petitions continue to the end of this post...

 

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