General Election 2020: Information, Protocols, Sample Ballot

Election Day

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Polls will be open Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm at the FI Community Center, Suffolk County’s Polling Place #1.

Voting will take place in the Great Room on the 2nd floor with elevator access.  Voter registration/check-in, ballots, and voting booths stationed in Great Room, with exit into Art room where Tabulator machine to cast your ballot will be located to allow for more than ample distancing throughout the process.

No political signage/electioneering can be posted or take place within 100′ of the polling place.

THE COMMUNITY CENTER is partially open following NYS COVID-19 Protocols. Masks must be worn at all times in the building and social distancing must be practiced. See more below.

Find more information here: www.elections.ny.gov

Find the sample ballot, links to several candidate contests, and propositions below.
The CDC is advising to study the ballot ahead of time in order to spend less time in the polling places nationwide.

NY Times 10/28/20: CDC offered up a list of ways to help minimize the risk for voters: go at off-peak times, like midmorning; monitor the voter line from your car and join when the line is short; fill out any needed registration forms ahead of time and review a sample ballot at home to cut down on time spent at the polling location; and take your own black ink pen*, and/or stylus* to use on touch-screen voting machines.

*both are used at Polling Place #1 on Fishers Island. The stylus is used to sign-in on the BOE iPad, and the black pens are in the voting booths. Both will be provided and cleaned, or bring your own.

Postmaster Kathy Kauffman reminds us she is at the Fishers Island Post Office all day Monday 11/2 and Tuesday 11/3 if anyone needs advice about mailing ballots.

Suffolk County Board of Elections
700 Yaphank Ave
Yaphank NY 11980
Monday thru Friday – 9 AM to 4:30 PM
BOEInfo@suffolkcountyny.gov
631-852-4515/ 631-852-4682

Polling Place #1 Guidelines & COVID-19 communication to voters*:

  • Voters must wear masks when entering and inside the polling place, and where social distancing of 6′ is not possible
  • Practice social distancing of 6′ at all times, and note signs and reminders at the polling place
  • Vote in-person on election day at off-peak times like mid-morning and mid-afternoon
  • Limit nonessential visitors. Please, only voters should enter the polling place
  • Discourage voters and workers from greeting others with physical contact (e.g., handshakes).

Additionally,

  • Wherever possible poll will utilize markers to indicate the six (6) foot distance throughout the poll site.
  • Increase distance between voting booths.
  • Ensure that doors are propped open, as applicable, so people don’t have to touch door handles to reduce a common contact.
  • Ensure that there is a garbage can upon exit of the facility. For the disposal of any gloves or tissues.
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment to all staff, including but not limited to face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer.
  • Provide an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for use before entering the poll site and/or after using the voting machine or the final step in the voting process.

*From: General Guidance for County Boards of Elections regarding COVID-19 – May 15, 2020

Voting continues to remain accessible.

  • The absentee ballot application in accessible format is available on the State Board’s website at www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html.
  • County Boards are required to have a BMD available for the absentee ballot period; and
  • BMDs must be provided during early voting and on election day

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Find printable ballot sample in English and Spanish
by clicking this button

2020 General Election Ballot-Booklet V2 Southold Pages

Voting on Election Day

Polls in New York are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. You can find your assigned polling place by visiting the New York State Board of Elections website. For questions about voting in Suffolk, contact the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631-852-4500.

Key Races

The following are the key contested races that will be on the ballot for North Fork voters.

President/Vice President

Donald Trump/Mike Pence Republican

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Democrat

Howie Hawkins/Angela Nicole Walker Green

Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen Libertarian

Brock Pierce/Karla Ballard Independence

Justice of the Supreme Court – 10th Judicial District (Elect 8)

Valerie Cartright Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

Randy Sue Marber Democratic, Republican, Conservative

Derrick Robinson Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

Erica Prager Democratic, Republican, Conservative

Kathy Bergmann Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

Joseph Conway Democratic, Republican, Conservative

Timothy Mazzei Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

Gary Knobel Democratic, Republican, Conservative

Bryan Browns Independence

Patricia Blake Independence

Randy Berler Independence

Evan Tanenbaum Independence

Suffolk County Court Judge (Elect 2)

Stephen Braslow Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

James Hudson Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

Family Court Judge (Elect 2)

Caren Loguercio Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

James Malone Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence

Representative in Congress, 1st Congressional District

Nancy Goroff Democratic, Working Families

Lee Zeldin Republican, Conservative, Independence

State Senator, 1st Senatorial District

Laura Ahearn Democratic, Protect the Taxpayer

Anthony Palumbo Republican, Conservative

Member of Assembly – 2nd District

Jodi Giglio Independence, Republican, Conservative

Laura Jens-Smith Democratic, Working Families

William Van Helmond Libertarian

Meet the candidates running for local state, federal offices

Learn more here: https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2020/10/meet-the-candidates-running-for-local-state-federal-offices/

Propositions to extend legislator terms, stabilize county budget on ballot this year

By Tara Smith, Suffolk Times Review

Whether voting by mail, early, or in person this year, remember to flip over your ballot. There are two propositions for voters on the North Fork to consider this year.

The first would increase the term length for Suffolk County legislators from two to four years. If approved, the four-year term length would take effect starting with legislators sworn in Jan. 1, 2022, and the existing 12-year term limit would remain in place.

The second proposition asks voters to authorize transferring excess funds from the county’s sewer assessment stabilization reserve to the taxpayer trust fund. It was proposed by County Executive Steve Bellone as a way to stabilize the county budget and avoid layoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically, the proposition would enable $15 million to be moved from the sewer fund to the general fund and also cancel the court-ordered repayment of $29.4 million previously borrowed from the fund.

Approval of the proposition would also repeal a section of the law that requires further annual repayment from the general fund to the sewer assessment stabilization reserve fund. Approximately $154 million is still owed to that fund, according to the proposition.

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