District Attorney Singas Reminds Voters of Rights

Office will investigate allegations of voter intimidation, disenfranchisement, or fraud

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Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that her office will have prosecutors and investigators available to address voting-relating issues on Nov. 3 for the general election and reminded registered voters of their rights to cast a ballot.

“Voting is the foundation of our democracy and Nassau County residents should be confident that they can exercise the right to vote without fear or intimidation,” Singas said. “Prosecutors and investigators from my office will be available on Election Day to ensure that any unlawful effort to impair that right is investigated and prosecuted.”

On Election Day, the District Attorney’s Public Corruption Bureau will be on call at 516-571-2100 and via email at electionprotection@nassauda.org. DA staff will collaborate with the Nassau County Board of Elections, Nassau County Police Department, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office to ensure complaints of voter intimidation, disenfranchisement, or voter fraud are promptly investigated.

Singas offered the following reminders to voters:

1. Voters can check their registration, polling place, and election district online at https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us.

2. Voters who have submitted a ballot by mail may vote in person if they so choose. In this case, the mail-in ballot will be discarded.

3. While New York voters are not required to present identification in most circumstances, if you registered by mail to vote in New York for the first time and did not verify your identity, you may be asked to provide some form of ID, which can include a New York driver’s license, state ID card, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered.

4. Any voter whose name does not appear in the voter roll in the election district in which they are registered is entitled to complete an affidavit or provisional ballot. This ballot will only be counted, however, if they are properly registered in the election district where they cast their affidavit ballot.

5. Registered voters with disabilities can vote with the assistance of a person of their choosing (except employers or labor union representatives), or with the help of two election inspectors, each from a different party.

6. Under New York law, voters are entitled to up to two hours of paid time off in order to vote if their work schedule otherwise prevents them from voting in person while the polls are open. To exercise this right, you must tell your employer that you need time off to vote not more than 10 but not less than two days before the election. [See more at https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/TimeOffToVoteFAQ.pdf]

7. New York law allows domestic violence victims who obtain a court order from the New York Supreme Court in the county where they are registered to have their voter registration record kept separate and apart from other registration records and not be made available for inspection or copying by the public. Victims can also be excused from going to obtain a special ballot and avoid going to their polling place to vote.

For any questions regarding voter registration, procedures, polling locations, and election regulations, contact the Nassau County Board of Elections at 516-571-2411.

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