Everything you need to know to be an informed voter.
Three Candidate Forums involving 13 league volunteers were conducted for:
Thirteen volunteers assisted Get Out The Vote Coordinator Pauline Kinsella to focus on getting registered voters to the polls. This new focus for Voter Services led the committee to attempt new strategies to reach and influence residents to vote. Depending on when the Bulletin is delivered you will have seen or will soon see posters and lawn signs popping up around the county urging people to vote. In addition volunteers attended various community meetings to discuss the poor voter turnout percentages in many city of Schenectady neighborhoods and urging those attending to put more effort into reaching out to their members and neighborhoods to turn out the vote. Other volunteers are contacting people, who indicated to us when they registered to vote that they would like to be reminded to vote.
None of these important tasks could be completed without our league volunteers, many who took on several roles to "get the job done" Voter Services is only effective if our members step up and volunteer. Thank you, thank you, thank you, all who did.
Kay Ackerman Voter Services Chair
In 1984 a federal court in New York explicitly found that homeless persons could not be denied the right to vote just because they did not live in a traditional residence.
The Coalition for the Homeless filed a lawsuit that guaranteed the right to vote to homeless New Yorkers, whether they are living in shelters, in welfare hotels, or on the streets. The address of the homeless shelter or drop-in center can be used as a residential address.
Like everyone else, to be eligible to vote, the homeless person must:
The candidate that is running will vote on many policy decisions that directly impact people who are economically disadvantaged e.g. raising the minimum wage and the funding of certain social welfare and housing programs and the allocations for public services, defense and taxes.
A homeless person can enter the location where the person stays at night, which can be a street corner, a park, a shelter, a bus station, or any other location. A mailing address may be that of a local advocacy organization, shelter, outreach center, or anywhere else willing to accept mail on a person's behalf. A mailing address does not have to be the same as the person's residential address.
What about identification requirements?
In order for the board of elections to verify a person's identity in advance of voting, he/she must provide a driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number on the voter registration form. Lacking either of these, first-time mail-in registrants must provide another identification document and bring it with them to the polls. Acceptable identification for first-time mail-in registrants includes a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. Since first-time mail-in registrants may have to provide some sort of identifying documentation at the polls, homeless registrants without any of the documents listed above may want to register to vote in person at their local board of elections or other registration location, such as a state agency office (the Department of Motor Vehicles for example).
What if a person is not on the rolls at the polling place?
The poll worker should be asked for an affidavit ballot, and for instructions for how to follow up to make sure that the registration information is correctly on file.
Condensed from an LWVNYS pamphlet "Your Right to Vote in NYS-Homeless Individuals
Goal: To educate voters on the issues; to stimulate voter interest; to encourage voter participation in elections; to present programs in a nonpartisan manner.
1. All candidates for office who meet New York State election law requirements to be on the ballot are eligible to take part in candidate forums. No substitutes will be permitted to take the place of a candidate.
2. Candidate for office who have no opponents can not take part in the formal candidate forum. Candidates with no opponents may attend the forum and be recognized and, although not allowed to speak at that time, can speak individually to the voters following the formal part of the event. These candidates will be recognized if they attend and the reason they are not speaking will be explained. The moderator will announce that the program has allowed time at the end of the forum for unopposed candidates to speak individually to those attending.
3. No video or audio taping of candidate debates, or parts thereof, is permitted except by those previously authorized by the League of Women Voters to officially tape the event.
4. Candidates' literature will be allowed to be distributed on tables placed near the entrance to the forum location.
5. The League reserves the right to cancel the forum if circumstances warrant.
6. Candidates will be sent copies of these policies when they are invited to participate in the forum. Any subsequent changes to the program format will be communicated to the candidates prior to the program.
Glenville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.
Rotterdam Town Board meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Assembly Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Niskayuna Town Board: Call 386-4592 for the schedule
The above is a web-site maintained by the SCHENECTADY DIGITAL HISTORY ARCHIVE, a service of the Schenectady County Public Library.