Do you find yourself feeling a little confused about all the rules and regulations that pertain to voting in the upcoming local elections? All Island Transportation makes a habit of trying to make your life a little easier, so weâ€™ve put together a Nassau County Voting FAQ list to help answer some of the questions that might be plaguing you!
First and foremost, though, weâ€™d like everyone to be aware that if youâ€™re a senior citizen or are physically challenged, All Island Transportation is offering FREE LOCAL RIDES in the areas we serve on Election Day!
To make a reservation, please call your local All Island Transportation Office:
Bellmore: 516-785-0412Bethpage: 516-931-2900
East Meadow: 516-731-1111
East Rockaway: 516-596-6767
Garden City: 516-742-2222
Island Park: 516-431-2222
Merrick: 516-379-9999Mineola: 516-742-2222
Rockville Centre: 516-536-3333
Taxi Latino (Hemp.): 516-489-2222
Taxi Latino (Freeport): 516-623-3333
Â Nassau County Voting FAQ
When is Election Day?
General Election Day is Monday, November 4, 2014.
Who are the candidates?
Visit the Nassau County website here for a full list of General Election candidates.
Who can register to vote?
US citizens who are at least 18 years old by December 31 of the year that the register are allowed to vote. They must also live at their present address for at least 30 days before the election date, and canâ€™t be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction. Lastly, they cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else.
Where can I register to vote?
The Nassau County Board of Elections is located at 240 Old Country Road (on the 5th floor) in Mineola. You can go there and register in person, or you can register at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center, including:
The Department of Motor Vehicles
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
City Universities of New York (CUNY)
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Department of Health â€“ WIC Program
Department of Labor
Department of Social Services
Department of State
Division of Veteransâ€™ Affairs
Military Recruiting Offices
Office for the Aging
Office of Mental Health
Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
State Universities of New York (SUNY)
Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Workersâ€™ Compensation Board
Can I register to vote by mail?
Yes. You can either download a PDF of the New York State Voter Registration Form in Englishor Spanish or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE (307-8683) to request a form. After completing and signing it, mail it to Nassau County Board of Elections, 240 Old Country Road (5th flr.), Mineola, NY 11501-4800.
Iâ€™m registered with [X] party; can I change my enrollment?
Yes. You can change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form and either mailing it in or delivering it in person. You can also enroll in a particular party the same way if youâ€™ve previously not chosen one. The Board will notify you to confirm that the changes were made, and they will take place after the next General Election.
Iâ€™ve moved since I registered to vote; how do I change my address?
You need to complete a new registration for and list both your old and new addresses. You cannot change your address over the phone. The Board will contact you by mail to confirm.
Does my voter registration ever expire?
No. Once youâ€™ve registered, you are permanently registered. You can change your name, address, and party enrollment by submitting a new registration application if necessary.
Can I go to any polling location to vote?
No. Every registered voter is assigned a polling location to which you need to report in order to vote. The Board of Elections sent out postcards in August to voters, detailing where you should go to vote. If youâ€™re unsure, you can either email your complete home address firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will tell you where to vote, or you can look up all of your registration information, including your election district, party affiliation, and voting location by clicking here and entering your identification information. The search engine will show you the name and address of the polling place to which youâ€™re assigned.
Can I register for an absentee ballot if I donâ€™t want to go out to vote on Election Day?
No. If you have a legitimate reason for being unable to vote on Election Day, you can register for an absentee ballot, but not just because you donâ€™t want to go vote if youâ€™re able. In order to qualify for an absentee ballot, you must be unavoidably absent from Nassau County on Election Day, be unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability, be a patient in a Veteransâ€™ Administration Hospital, or be detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
How do I vote via absentee ballot?
You can download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Formhere, and after completing and signing it, mail it to: Nassau County Board of Elections, 240 Old Country Road (5th flr.), Mineola, NY 11501-4800 no later than the seventh day before the election, or deliver it in person no later than the day before the election. You can also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to the Board of Elections, which must be received by the Board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
Your address (where youâ€™re registered)
The address where your ballot should be sent
The reason for your request
You will receive an application form in the mail with your ballot. But must be completed and returned. If you choose to register for an absentee ballot in person, the Board of Elections office is operating with extended business hours on the following days:
Wednesday, October 29: 9AM â€“ 7PM
Friday, October 31: 9AM â€“ 7PM
Saturday, November 1: 9AM â€“ 5PM
Sunday, November 2: 9AM â€“ 5PM
What happens when I arrive at the polling center?
Tables and voting machines are set up and organized by election district (E.D.). Find the table designated for your district, find your signature on the computer-printed poll list, and sign next to it.
Can someone help me cast my vote?
Federal law allows a family member or friend to enter the voting booth with a voter who cannot read the ballot or has disability/impairment that prevents him/her from being able to vote on his/her own. In addition, there are election employees available at every polling location to help voters who need assistance.
If you have any further questions beyond this Nassau County Voting FAQ, you can contact the Nassau County Board of Elections here or leave a comment on our Facebook page and we can try to help you out!