October 12th is the Last Day to Register to Vote or Change Party Affiliations in NYS

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Chautauqua County Board of Elections

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections reminds voters that Friday October 12th is the last day to register to vote in person at the Board of Elections or by mail with a valid Oct. 12th postmark for the upcoming Nov. 6, 2018 General Election.  Properly postmarked mailed voter registrations must reach the Board of Elections no later than Oct. 17th.  

“October 12th is also the last day to file for a change of party enrollment for the 2019 election cycle,” said Election Commissioner Norman P. Green.  “If a voter is wanting to change political party affiliations or wishes to become unaffiliated, the deadline is staring them in the face.”

The Board of Elections also reminds voters if they have moved within the county, the deadline to notify the Board of Elections of a new residence is Oct. 17th.  

“If a voter does miss the deadline,” said Abram, “the voter should always still report to their new poll site and vote by provisional affidavit ballot, that will allow for an update of the voter’s record and enable the voter to cast a ballot.  But the best is to notify the Board of Elections now of any address change.”  

The only exception to the voter registration deadline of October 12th is for honorably discharged military or new United States citizens, who have until October 27th to register to vote in person at the Chautauqua County Board of Elections.  

Visit any post office, or city/village/town hall for a voter registration form or go to www.votechautauqua.com to download a voter registration form.  Voters may also call the Board of Elections at 716-753-4580 for voter registration or address change assistance.