From the Desk of Karen Sartain
Southampton Town Judge
Candidate for Southampton Town Justice 

Please Register, Please Vote!
“If you want a say in how things go, you have to vote.”

My kids, both college students, have been home since March.  Our rhythm is probably a lot like most households, navigating the pandemic as best we can, adapting to online school and work, figuring out how to stay busy.

The concept and topic of “voting” was a constant throughout this pandemic time:

“I vote for Chinese/Greek/Italian food”

“The University voted to refund our housing payment”

“My housemates voted to require masks and distancing”

“The Big 10 voted to cancel fall football season”

“My college voted to give seniors priority for the Spring 2021”

The rough concept of “voting” is second nature in our world – everyone gets a say, majority rules, fairness dictates.  Easy enough…

The converse is clear to me – if you want a say in how things go, you have to vote.

Let me say that again “if you want a say in how things go, you have to vote.

We have a wide swath of ideologies in my house, leading to some tense nights, some amazing discussions, and the eye-opening realities of having 19 and 21-year old kids with their own opinions.  We discuss politics with passion and await the 2020 election. (I am also on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for Southampton Town Justice, so that adds some spice to the mix!)

One of my kids has been registered since the day of turning 18.  The other took a bit longer, maybe me being on the ballot was the catalyst, maybe the Presidential election did the trick.

But when the time arrived – “Mom, I need to register to vote” – I was ready with the information, and we did it together in a matter of ten minutes.

Both my kids will have a say this year. They can vote for me (or not). They can say they want a different President and a different Congressperson for our district if that is their desire.

But I have to say, they have to vote, which means they had to register.  There was no mystery, nothing difficult, no one standing in the way of their voices being heard, their choices being recorded.

“If you want a say in how things go, you have to vote”.

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About Karen Sartain

Karen Sartain is running to continue her position as Southampton Town Justice, which she was appointed to in January 2020. She brings almost 30 years of legal experience to the bench including as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Southampton.

The Hon. Karen Sartain, an attorney in Westhampton, is a licensed member of the state bars of New York and Florida and of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Judge Sartain then earned her Juris Doctorate in 1993 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Judge Sartain began her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in the Miami Public Defender’s office. During her time there, she gained experience representing Miami’s indigent clients from arraignment through sentencing. That included taking over 40 trials to verdict. In 2016, Judge Sartain became a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County. She worked exclusively in the Southampton Town Justice Court representing clients in our community. In 2018, Judge Sartain left the Legal Aid Society to start her own practice, Karen Sartain Law, P.C. She continued defending clients who did not have the resources when she was appointed by the Court and as a volunteer attorney for the East End Regional Intervention Court (Drug Court).

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