Thank you for visiting the Tompkins County Board of Elections Web site. Our office is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible residents have the opportunity to register and vote. We are committed to keeping you aware of changes to the Election Law and how those changes affect voting in Tompkins County. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Why Can't I change my party affiliation to vote in a Primary Election?
October 14th is the deadline for voters who want to change their party affiliation for any potential 2017 primaries. If you want to change it for this year’s Primary or General Election, unfortunately it is too late. According to the New York State Board of Elections, state law prohibits a voter from changing their enrollment party and then voting in that new party in the same year.
According to John Conklin, Director of Public Information for the New York State Board of Elections, the law is designed to prevent voters from switching parties between elections without a waiting period, which could potentially manipulate election results. If a voter applies for a change in party affiliation by the deadline, the new enrollment would go into effect one week after this November’s General Election.
This rule does not apply to new voters in the state who still have time to register up to 25 days before the primaries.
October 14th (the postmark date) is also the final day to register for this year’s General Election which will be held on November 8th.
Did You Know?
Q: What is the NY State time off to vote law?
THE TOMPKINS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS WILL MEET ON THE FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAYS OF EVERY MONTH AT 10:30 AM IN CONFERENCE ROOM 103 AT 128 E BUFFALO ST., ITHACA, NY 14850
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND.
July 11-14 - Dates for filing designating petitions
Aug. 16-23 Dates for filing Independent Nominating Petitions
Independent Nominating Petitions Filed
Sept 13 - State/Local Primary Election
Sept 20 - Last day to file certificate of nomination made at a town caucus
Sept 20 - Last day to file certificate of nomination to fill vacancies created pursuant to Sec. 6-116 & 6-158 (6)
Nov 8 - General Election