November 6th, 2018 Election
Here's everything you wanted to know, didn't want to know, or were afraid to ask because you thought it would make you look stupid. You're not stupid. But if you don't vote you're a really big, ugly, silly stupid face. We're glad you're here. Let's do this.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES IT ALL GO DOWN?
Date: Tuesday, 11.06.18
Time: 6:00am - 9:00pm
Place: Sea Cliff Elementary School (280 Carpenter Avenue Sea Cliff, NY 11579)
WHAT ARE WE VOTING FOR?
You are voting for humans at three levels:
FEDERAL - Elected officials who govern at the national level (like Senators and House Representatives).
STATE - Elected officials who govern at the state level (like the Governor and Attorney General).
COUNTY - Elected officials who govern at the county level (like the
The other two levels you would vote at are TOWN (as in The Town of Oyster Bay…which you live in…in case you didn’t know that) and VILLAGE (you live in the Village of Sea Cliff...but of course you know that).
We hacked into the government mainframe and obtained a sample ballot so you can be less scared of what piece of paper you'll be filling out on election day...here it is. And by "hacked" we mean "asked politely for a sample ballot and got one."
ANOTHER ELECTION? UGH. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT UP FOR RE-ELECTION, SO WHY AM I VOTING?
You’re voting because you actually want to make a difference and you KNOW that local elections are the best way to make a direct impact on your life! And because all the cool kids are doing it and you’re not strong enough to resist peer pressure. Sad...sad...you.
November 6, 2018, is what is referred to as a “midterm election” - a general election held in between Presidential elections. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, one-third of all U.S. senators, 36 state governors, and 3 U.S. territory governors are up for grabs at the federal and state level. While the county district that we live in (District 11) is not up for a vote this time around (we did that last November and elected Delia DeRiggi-Whitton as our Legislator), our congressional district (District 3) is up for a vote and we have some judges, state senators, and assembly positions to vote on as well.
OK, OK. FINE. I’LL VOTE. SO WHO ARE WE VOTING FOR?
Here's that sample ballot again. These people.
The League of Women Voters has a handy tool for letting you see information about the candidates running at the federal and state level, as well as info on the District Court Judge candidates (hint: we’re district 4).
County judiciary candidate info isn’t up yet, so here you go!
County Court Judge
The County Court is a workhorse in the court system. It has authority over civil matters, small claims, and landlord and tenant matters. They also hear criminal matters such as misdemeanors, violations and infractions, and have preliminary jurisdiction over felonies and traffic tickets where a crime has been charged.
Courting County Judgeship (see what we did there?):
Catherine Rizzo (DEM, REP - yep both)
Shaun K. Hogan (CON)
NOTE: Sea Cliff Votes does not have a link to Shaun Hogan’s official campaign website. Are you Shaun K. Hogan? Do you know Shaun K. Hogaan? If you have any info - email us and we’ll add it here.
Family Court Judge
Family court is a super specialized court that handles cases involving, you guessed it, children and families. Legal issues include child protection, adoption, custody and visitation, domestic violence, guardianship, juvenile delinquency, paternity, persons in need of supervision (PINS), and child support.
Family Judge (the good kind) Nods
You may notice that the candidates are accompanied by party listings in the descriptions and that, on the ballot, candidates are listed multiple times under different parties. This is not because they are indecisive. It’s because we all know that people are *cough* lazy *cough* and find great ease in aligning themselves with a party first and just voting on down the line. So parties like to let you know who most closely embodies their ideals. The parties listed after candidates names, indicate the where to find them on the ballot. That way you can look down the ballot, find your party and just vote across the line. Just note that sometimes you’ll run up on a blank square because that party didn’t deem anyone worthy, so you should probably have a backup plan...just saying.
WHAT IF MY NAME IS NOT ON THE LIST WHEN I SHOW UP AT SEA CLIFF ELEMENTARY? I’M SURE I’M REGISTERED.
And know your voting rights! You have the right to vote in this election if:
You are a registered voter.
You are inside Sea Cliff Elementary no later than 9pm Election Day.
You also have a right to:
Be assisted by any person of your choice if you need help to vote.
Ask election workers how to vote. Don’t be shy!
Vote even if the voting machine is broken. Ask for assistance.
Vote by “affidavit ballot” if your name is missing from the list of voters at your polling site.
COULD MY REGISTRATION HAVE EXPIRED?
Nope - your registration has no expiration date. However, if you didn’t vote in the last two federal elections, or you moved without updating your address with the BOE, your registration may be considered “inactive” and your name may not appear in the voter roll at the poll site. Don’t panic! You can still vote by affidavit ballot.
WHAT IS AN AFFIDAVIT BALLOT?
It’s a paper ballot you can request if you’re not listed in the voter book but believe you are eligible to vote (maybe your paperwork just hasn’t been processed yet). Follow the instructions to fill out this ballot and the envelope and give it to a poll worker when you are done. After the election, the BOE will check its records. If you were eligible to vote, were at the correct poll site and filled out the ballot and envelope correctly, your vote will be counted. If not, you will receive a notice that your vote did not count.
Your affidavit envelope serves as a registration form for future elections if you were not eligible to vote and you filled it out correctly.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY ID WHEN I VOTE?
Usually, no. But you may have to show identification to vote if you are voting for the first time here in Sea Cliff. Acceptable forms of ID include valid photo ID or current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck or government documentation that shows name and address. If you cannot show ID, you have the right to vote by affidavit ballot.