Category: Politics

2021 General Election Early Voting Information

The Columbia County Board of Elections site has some important info on voting in the upcoming General Election, and how to vote early. Visit their site for all the info and requirements

Early Voting Locations for 2021 General Election:

Columbia County Office Bldg.
401 State Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Martin H. Glynn Municipal Center
3211 Church Street
Valatie, NY 12184

Early Voting Times for 2021 General Election (Remaining):

  • Tuesday, October 26 From 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday, October 27 From 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday, October 28 From 9am-5pm
  • Friday, October 29 From 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, October 30 From 9am-2pm
  • Sunday, October 31 From 9am-2pm

2021 General Election is Tuesday, November 2nd

Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM



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You probably don’t need a reminder that today is election day, but here are some helpful tips for New York voters.

• Polls are open 6 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

• If you’ve voted in New York before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

• If you’re voting for the first time in New York, submitted your registration by mail, and didn’t provide a copy of your New York driver’s license, state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents when you vote in person on Election Day.

• To find your polling location, just google “where do I vote”.

To see what will be on your ballot, Ballotpedia, a nonprofit encyclopedia written by a staff of researchers and writers, contains a wealth of information and maintains a sample ballot lookup.

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Early Voting Available in Columbia County for 2019 Elections

Early voting begins this year in Columbia and Greene Counties. Columbia County will have three early voting sites, and Greene County will have one.

Columbia County’s polling sites will be at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office in Hudson; the MH Glynn Municipal Building in Valatie; and Copake Town Hall in Copake. Voters may select any of the three sites to vote at. If you choose to vote early, you will not be eligible to vote on Election Day (Nov 5).

“Voting will be exactly as it always has been on Election Day — on a paper ballot that the voter will vote and then scan into a voting machine,” said Virginia Martin, Democratic commissioner of the Columbia County Board of Elections. “Sign-in will be a little different. To accommodate the flexibility that voters have, we will be signing voters in on new electronic poll books, which are special tablets that have been programmed with the voter rolls.”

Columbia County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Jason Nastke said, “I think this gives voters a greater chance to participate in the democratic process by opening up the amount of hours available to them to cast their vote,” Nastke said. “Last year, 18% of the vote in Columbia County was cast by absentee ballot. I think early voting should cut down on that significantly.”

Early voting will be open to anyone who is registered to vote. Just show up at the location, and then you will follow the same procedures as usual. Absentee voting will still be available.

For the November election, voting will begin October 26 and will run through November 3. On Monday, Nov. 4, there will be no early voting, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the usual polling sites.

Columbia County Board of Elections Office
401 State St., Hudson, NY 12534

MH Glynn Municipal Building
3211 Church St., Valatie NY 12184

Copake Town Hall
230 Mountain View Rd., Copake NY 12516

In Greene County, there will be one early polling site, at the county building, 411 Main St., Suite 430, Catskill.


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Four Columbia County Villages Holding Elections Tomorrow

The four villages in the Columbia County will hold elections for village trustees and mayors on Tuesday, March 19. There are candidates for all the open positions but the only competitive races are in Chatham and Philmont.

In Chatham three people are running for two open trustee seats with 2-year terms, and two people are running for a 1-year trustee seat. In Philmont, a former town supervisor is challenging the incumbent mayor; the village also has three people running for two trustee seats.

In the Villages of Kinderhook and Valatie incumbents are running unopposed. The ballots have space for write-in candidates.

Village elections are non-partisan. Candidates do not run on national party lines but instead are listed on ballot lines with local names.

The polls are open from noon until 9 p.m. in all four villages. You must be a resident of the Village in order to vote in Village elections.

John Howe is the only candidate on the ballot for mayor.
For the Village Board, current trustee Peter Minahan, who was appointed to his seat to fill a vacancy, is running for one of the two 2-year seats; Jaimee Boehme and Jodie Russell each are also seeking 2-year terms. Melony Spock and Joseph Cerami will both be on the ballot for the available 1-year term as trustee.

Elections will be held at the Tracy Memorial Building, 77 Main Street, Chatham, from noon to 9 p.m.

Current Village Board members David Flaherty and Dale R. Leiser are running for the two trustee seats. Both seats are 2-year terms.
The polls will be open between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. in the Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

Current Mayor Clarence “Skip” Speed is running against former Town Supervisor Robin Andrews for a 2-year term as mayor.
There are three candidates on the ballot for two trustee seats: incumbents Douglas Cropper and Larry Ostrander, and Heath Iverson. Both of the seats are for 2-year terms.
The polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. in the Village Hall, 124 Main Street, Philmont.

Current Mayor Diane Argyle and incumbent trustees Frank Bevens and Larry Eleby are all running for reelection for 2-year terms in the positions they now hold.
Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, Church Street, Valatie.

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2018 Election Results for Columbia County

Following are NY state and local election results from the 2018 Midterm Elections. An X-indicates projected winner. If there is no X next to any candidate’s name, not all election districts are reporting or the race is too close to call.

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x Andrew M. Cuomo / Kathy C. Hochul: 3,137,721 votes
Marc Molinaro / Julie Killian: 1,945,466 votes
Howie Hawkins / Jia Lee: 89,914 votes
Larry Sharpe / Andrew C. Hollister: 86,374 votes
Stephanie A. Miner / Michael J. Volpe: 47,945 votes

x Letitia A. James: 3,241,411 votes
Keith Wofford: 1,861,096 votes
Michael Sussman: 62,591 votes
Nancy B. Sliwa: 22,613 votes
Christopher B. Garvey: 38,824 votes

x Thomas P. DiNapoli: 3,494,473 votes
Jonathan Trichter: 1,663,235 votes
Mark Dunlea: 60,597 votes
Cruger E. Gallaudet: 30,449 votes

x Antonio Delgado: 132,001 votes
John Faso: 124,408 votes
Steven Greenfield: 4,037votes
Diane Neal: 2,619 votes

x Kirsten Gillibrand: 3,501,768 votes
Chele Chiavacci Farley: 1,761,213 votes

Aaron W. Gladd: 32,654 votes
x Daphne V. Jordan: 39,392 votes

Aidan S. O’Connor Jr.: 20,858 votes
x Christopher Tague: 28,053 votes

x Didi Barrett: 25,547 votes
William G. Truitt: 21,932 votes

Jacob C. Ashby: 27,514 votes
Tistrya G. Houghtling: 25,903 votes

Vote for 1
Carmen R. Martino: 11,584 votes
Bernadette M. Powis: 12,883 votes

x Michael R. Blasl: 15,195 votes


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