2015 Primary Election

The 2015 Primary Election will be held on Thursday this week.  It is a small local primary.  Here are the districts that will be active:

City of Binghamton, City Council District 2, Independence |

City of Binghamton, City Council District 4, Working Families |

City of Binghamton, City Council District 6, Democratic |

Town of Vestal, Conservative |

Town of Vestal, Independence |

Village of Johnson City, Republican |

 

If you live in these districts and are registered in the Party that is listed, please vote on Thursday Sept 10th.  Polls will be open from noon to 9 PM.  

We have consolidated these polling places since it is such a small election.

 If you would like help determining where to vote, please click the chat button below.  If it is after hours, please click the email icon above.

 

 

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Au Revoir, Mariliz!

MarilizPines.pngAu Revoir Mariliz!

Today we’d like to wish Deputy Commissioner Mariliz Pines a fond farewell upon her retirement after 10 years with us here in Elections. Throughout her time here Mariliz has helped to bring about several important changes, not only in our office but for the County in general. During her tenure the switch was made to the new voting machines we use today, and she along with the rest of the staff worked tirelessly to ensure that there was as smooth a transition as possible.

While we know that she will miss working with us here in the office (and we’ll miss her too!) we also know that she will thoroughly enjoy getting to spend as much time as she can with her grandchildren.

We wish her the best on her retirement, and will keep our fingers crossed that she’ll visit with brownies soon!

 

 

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Petitions and Primaries

Today is the third day for turning in designating petitions (the main petitions that allow candidates to be on the ballot).  We have had a pretty good turnout so far.  All of the petitions that have been turned in as well as the primaries we will have in September are linked on the BroomeVotes home page, both at the top of the page and in the information windows below.

Do you have any funny stories about petitions?  Either signing or passing, did anything crazy happen?  Let us know on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BroomeVotes

Check back nightly for updated reports on petitions and primaries!

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Happy Trails, Linda!

LindaWagner.pngToday, we say goodbye to one of our own.  Linda Montero Wagner has chosen to retire from her position here at the Board of Elections after 10 years of service.  Her funny stories and positive outlook will be missed, as will her unsung abilities in the role of Unofficial Office Lunch Wrangler.

Linda has been a great teacher of Inspectors (she ought to be, she already retired from being a Spanish teacher on Long Island) and a wonderful influence on the younger staff members.

We wish her all the best on her (third time's the charm!) retirement.  

And congratulations are in order for Kelcy Wickman, who will be replacing Linda as Election Data Specialist.

 

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Halfway through Petition Season

Here we are, on June 16th, just about halfway through Petition Season.  You may have been visited by now by friendly volunteers carrying clipboards and asking you to help their candidates get on the ballot.

Please remember that to sign is not to pledge a vote, and that the petitioners are volunteers out beating the pavement for their candidates.  If you don't want to sign, you don't have to.   Please be polite to these civic-minded people.  

Without these petition signatures, candidates can't get on the ballot for you to vote in or out.

We've got just a couple more weeks of the season left, as petitions must be turned in between July 6th and 9th this year.

So please be kind, sign if you wish or decline politely.  The volunteers mean you no harm. 

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2015 Political Calendar

We've got a political calendar!  It was signed into law last evening, and sent around this morning.  

Here is the pdf:  Political Calendar 2015

Click below for some of the Highlights of the 2015 Political Calendar

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Springtime is Here!

The long cold winter has finally passed and the leaves and flowering trees are flourishing.  

We can enjoy the cool of the evenings as we sit on our porches for now, unmolested by hordes of uninvited visitors buzzing around and bothering us in our homes.

But soon it will be June again, and they will appear, clipboards in hand, asking us to sign petitions for our local candidates to appear on the ballot this fall.  

Let's talk about why this, and they, are so important.

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Primary Date to be Sept 10th, 2015

By the time you read this, it may be official.  However as I write this post, the bill declaring Sept 10th, 2015 to be the date of the 2015 Primary Election is in the hands of the State Senate.

We are 99% sure that is going to be the date, and were I Wolf Blitzer on CNN I would probably stick a green checkmark on the calendar for Sept 10th, 2015.

So you know what that means!  On to Petition Season!  Stay tuned for a blog post about Petition requirements coming up this Friday!

 

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There's a New Ballot Order in NY State This Year

This week is the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.

In honor of that race, I thought we could talk about the new Ballot Order in New York State.

As you may already be aware, here in New York State candidates are allowed to run on multiple party lines, with all the votes being tallied at the end of the election cycle.  

But how do we decide what parties get entered into the field (on the ballot) automatically? And which party gets the #1 position (top of the ballot)?

 

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Ryan Reynolds is the new Mayor of Whitney Point

Ryan Reynolds is the new Mayor of Whitney Point, winning by a 10 vote margin over Jason Somers, 83 - 73.

After a recount was called in the Mayoral election last week, the Broome County Board of Elections came in this morning to conduct it.  Two teams counted the ballots, and each had their count verified by the other team.  It was determined that Mr. Reynolds was indeed the winner.

Commissioner John Perticone and Deputy Commissioner Karen Davis oversaw the recount.

 

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