REGISTER TO VOTE IN DUTCHESS
Whether Clinton is your main home or a second home, including if you are a year-round renter, you can vote in Clinton and have your vote heard at the local, state, and national level.
BUT, you must register to vote! You must re-register if you want to switch your voting district from your primary to your secondary residence.
NB: To vote in the primary elections you must be registered to vote and identify as a Democrat on the voter registration form. It takes about a year to be eligible to vote in primaries. Party affiliation does not affect your ability to vote in the general elections.
REGISTER NOW. VOTE LATER.
Voting with an absentee ballot is easy. It also ensures that your vote will be counted, should unforeseen circumstances stop you from getting to the polling booth.
Love that polling booth experience? Did you know that you can mail in your absentee ballot, just in case, but still go to vote at the polls on election day? If you vote at the polls, your absentee ballot will be discarded if/when they are tallied. It's a win-win plan.
DON'T CUT IT CLOSE. REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT NOW.
REGISTER AS A DEMOCRAT
If you are not currently registered as a Democrat and wish to vote in Democratic primaries, it's easy to change your party affiliation or register with a party for the first time—you can do it online or by mail. Note that it can take up to 12 months to change party affiliation in NYS. This is to avoid last minute high jinx at polls with opposition party members voting for candidates they see as "beatable." Details are here. Chinese proverb: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best is today.
SO YOU THINK YOU ARE REGISTERED ALREADY? BE SAFE AND CHECK!
We have all heard stories of voters being purged off the voting rolls. Check to make sure THAT you are still registered as well as where you are registered.