Voter registration deadline is Oct. 14 in New York

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The General Election is Nov. 8, and some deadlines are looming, including that to change your political party in time to vote in the April Presidential Primary. Here are some important dates:

• Oct. 14: The last date to postmark a voter registration to be mailed. To be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 election, the registration must be received by the board of elections no later than Oct. 19.

Election law states that a change in your political party, done through registration, must be done at least 25 days before the general election, and the change does not take effect until 15 days after the election,  explains Democratic Commissioner Robert Brechko. Party enrollment changes made after this deadline won’t be effective until after the November 2012 general election.

Oct. 14 also is the last day to register in person, unless you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen after Oct. 14. If that’s the case, you can register in person up to Oct. 28.

• Nov. 1: The last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot.

• Nov. 7: The last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot. Nov. 7  is also the last day to postmark the ballot, which must be received by the board of elections no later than Nov. 15. Military voter ballots must be received no later than Nov. 21.

• Nov. 8: Election Day

For more about voting procedures and deadlines, call the Yates County Board of Elections at 315-536-5135 or visit and navigate to the board of elections through the departments menu.