From the Desk of George Lynch
Southampton Town Democratic Committee
Executive Committee Officer & Treasurer  

Worried About Covid? Our How-To Guide on How to Vote Absentee
Help defeat Trump’s effort to gum up the works and defeat Trump himself 

The rules have changed this year due to the pandemic. You don’t have to be sick to get an absentee ballot.  Any registered voter who chooses not to go to the polls as a health precaution and checks the temporary illness box on the application will get an absentee ballot.

All the traditional reasons for voting absentee are still available – absence from the county, permanent illness or disability, primary caregivers, VHA hospital patients, and prisoners – but this use of the temporary illness ground to give people the option of mail-in voting as a health measure is new this year and anyone reluctant to vote in person because of Covid should take advantage of it.

BUT ACT EARLY, PLEASE.  Trump’s attempts to slow down the mail will almost certainly do some damage to our 2020 election. The best way to counter that is to mail early.

Ok, here’s the process

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

ELECTRONICALLY through NY State Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Application Portal: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov

or

Click HERE to PRINT an absentee ballot application in English, or AQUÍ to print one in Spanish

    • Box 1 – check reason for applying, e.g., temporary illness, or absence from county, or other reason.
    • Box 2 – check General Election only.
    • Boxes 3, 4, & 5 – supply personal info requested.
    • Box 6 – skip (for primaries only).
    • Box 7 – check Mail ballot to me and give mailing address.
    • Box 8 – sign & date.

By sending an application request via EMAIL to: Absentee.Voters@SuffolkCountyNY.gov

or

By MAILING a request to Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank, NY 11980. An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

or

Pick up your application IN-PERSON by going to the Board of Elections front desk at 700 Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank (Exit 67 off LIE and Exit 57 off Sunrise), between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, no later than November 2nd.

Yes, you may also DESIGNATE someone to pick your ballot up for you if you cannot do it yourself or you’re unable to receive it through the mail. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot. Please include the following with your application request:

    • Your full name
    • Your date of birth
    • The reason for your request
    • Address where you are registered to vote
    • The address where the ballot is to be sent
    • The signature of the voter (for request by mail only)

WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT

When you receive the ballot itself, turn it around as fast as possible. We expect ballots to be mailed out to voters three to four weeks before November 3rd.  Your completed ballot may be:

MAILED to the Board of Elections as described above and postmarked as late as November 3rd

or

HAND-DELIVERED to the Board of Elections as described above no later than November 4th

or

DROPPED OFF at any Early Voting Location by you or others between October 24th and November 1st.  Of the 12 Early Voting Location in Suffolk County, in Southampton Town, it’s the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University at 70 Tuckahoe Road in Southampton)

or

At any Polling Place by you or others on Election Day, November 3rd. Don’t forget to seal the envelope and sign it.

Again, please don’t delay; try to get your ballot back out the day it comes in or the next day. That’s how we’ll defeat Trump’s effort to gum up the works, and defeat Trump himself.

For more information go to www.shdems.org/2020-election


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ABOUT GEORGE LYNCH

George Lynch is a fifth-generation Long Islander and a fifth-generation Democrat.  He and his wife of 25 years, Ursula, live in Quiogue and enjoy nothing so much as sitting serenely on their dock by Turkey Bridge on Aspatuck Creek.

After college and law school at Georgetown University, George served as a Naval officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam War.  For much of his long career as a tax lawyer, he represented New York City in litigation, defeating a number of high profile taxpayers in court, among them Donald Trump.

George joined the Southampton Town Democratic Committee upon his retirement in 2008 and became its Treasurer in 2009.  His forte is writing campaign material, but he has served a variety of functions over the years in which the Southampton Dems have grown from a negligible minority into the Town’s controlling party.  He loves the people and he loves the fray.

Under the screen name of “Turkey Bridge,” George posted many lines of trenchant observation in the Comments Section of the Southampton Press’s website, 27east. He defended the Democratic view against heavy fire until the Comments Section was terminated as a menace to civilized discourse.  Since then, it’s been strictly letters to the editor.

When not enmeshed in politics, George likes kayaking, biking, croquet, reading, working out, and sleeping on the beach.  It’s a good life.