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Election and registration information

  • Poll hours for the General Election are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • VOTER INFO HOTLINE: 1-800-367-8683

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election New York used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:


Governmental election authorities

New York State Board of Elections


Contact information:

  • ALBANY, NY 12207-2108
  • (518) 474-6220
  • TDD/TTY Call the New York State Relay 711

Election threats

  • Westchester County Spanish-language voting announcement tells voter that Election Day is November 9, 2008. As many as 20,000 were mailed.[1]
  • October 11, 2008. Rensselaer County absentee ballots were sent out listed "Barack Osama" instead of "Barack Obama."[2] 300 ballots were sent, and as of October 10, 2008 only three new ballots have been issued, to voters who called to report the mistake. One voter notes that people who would correct the ballot would invalidate it. It appears to be a typographical error, according to election officials from both sides.[3]

Student voting rights

  • December 2, 2008. Some college students in Queens' 11th Congressional District have been subpoenaed by Republican attorneys to verify their residences.[4] The students are all New York residents; at issue is whether they are legally entitled to vote near the school. Steven H. Richman, the general counsel at the New York City Board of Elections, said that state law allows students to vote at polling locations close to either their home or school addresses. “A college student has the option,” Mr. Richman said. “If you’re living on campus, you have the right to register and vote from that district. Or you can register from your parents’ address. You just can’t vote in two places.”[4] Fewer than 700 votes separate the candidates in the still-undecided 11th District State Senate race, which is seen as key for control of the State Senate.[4]

Felon voting rights

Quoting from an October, 2008 report[5] on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:

"[I]nterviews with election officials in New York in 2006 revealed that more than a third (38%) of the local boards incorrectly stated that people on probation are ineligible to vote. Most disconcerting, three out of the five New York City boroughs and the New York City Board of Elections were misinformed about the law."

Main article: Felon disenfranchisement

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of New York, Mrs. Martha Kennedy, President

  • 62 Grand Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-465-4162
  • Fax: 518-465-0812
  • E-mail:

Local Leagues:

FairVote NYC

Contact information:

New Yorkers for Verified Voting

Description[6]: Founded by Bo Lipari, NYVV is a non-partisan, not-for-profit corporation of New York State, educating and organizing on issues surrounding voting and elections in the 21st century. With organized advocacy and education, our goal is to ensure that all eligible citizens can vote, and that their votes will be accurately counted.

Voter Action New York


Articles and resources

See also


  1. "NY county says in Spanish that election is Nov. 9,"AP at, November 3, 2008.
  2. "Barack 'Osama' on Ballots Sent to Voters in NY," The Brad Blog, October 10, 2008.
  3. "Barack 'Osama' on Rensselaer County ballots" October 11, 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Jonathan P. Hicks,In Contested State Senate Race, Subpoenas for Students to Verify Residences Draw Anger, New York Times, December 1, 2008.
  5. Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
  6. From About Us page. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
  7. From Voter Action New York State Board of Elections Info web page. Retrieved September 17, 2008.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

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Voting machines

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