Published On: Fri, Jul 27th, 2018

Christopher Halajian Reveals Key Voting Dates for Southold and Mattiuck

People in Southold and Mattiuck will head to the polls in just a few months time, as will everyone else in the country. That is when the Midterm Elections will take place and they will be more important than ever this year. This is why Christopher Halajian felt it was important to ensure the electorate is fully aware of what to do and when.

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Christopher Halajian on the Upcoming Midterm Elections

The main aim of the upcoming midterm elections will be for the Democrats to regain control of congress, but they will face fierce opposition from the Republicans who currently have control of the three governmental branches, being led by the Republican president Donald Trump. There will be a potentially key national race in the 1st congressional District, where congressman Lee Zeldin will hope to earn a third term. There has not yet been a challenger from the Democratic side.

Midterm elections will take place on the 6th of November. Before that, however, there are a number of other very important dates that every voter has to consider. In terms of the Democratic process, there is no flexibility in deadlines, which is why it is so important to get to know the candidates for your town, understand their agenda, know what they will do about the areas of importance such as the police budget, drink driving along a certain route, education within an impoverished estate, and any other issue that you, as voter, feel matter.

The first question you may have is how you can register to vote. If you are residing in Suffolk County, you can go to the local board of election which is found in Yaphank on Yaphank Avenue. You can deliver your voter registration form in person if you so wish, or you can post it to the relevant PO Box. You must be at least 18 by the end of this year, a US citizen, not incarcerated or on parole, and you cannot also be registered to vote in a different location. Additionally, if you need to register a change of address or name, you can use the same form, through which you can also indicate or change your political party affiliation.

Meanwhile, the federal primaries were held on June 26th. This is when voters determine who their political representative will be in November. If you voted in this election, you will have registered for this by June 1st. Mr. Zeldin was the only incumbent Republican in this primary and he will have to face the Democratic representative. Before the primary, choices for the Democrats were Vivian Viloria-Fisher, David Pechefsky, Perry Gershon, Elaine DiMasi, and Kate Bowning.

On September 13th, the state and local primaries will be held. Should you wish to vote in this election, you will have to register by no later than August 19th. You can either post it to the Board of Elections or you can drop it off in person.

Those who wish to vote in the midterm elections must register to vote by the 12th of October. Forms must be received by the 17th of October.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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