NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Robert Griffith called the Westchester County Board of Elections office Tuesday while looking after his son to check if his party affiliation change from Republican to Democrat went through in time to meet Fridays voter registration deadline. Griffith submitted his party change in the summer by filling out a voter registration form when he registered his vehicle, but had not received confirmation of his change.
What Griffith learned was state election law prevents changes in party affiliations from taking effect until after the upcoming election, so Griffith won't be registered as a Democrat until after the Nov. 8 election.
Griffith said he had switched to the Republican Party in the last presidential race, to be able to vote for that partys nominee. I voted Republican in the Republican primary, he said of his affiliation at the time of the presidential race. He then changed back to the Democratic Party. He isnt troubled by the delay in his party change now, as this years primaries are already past. Now I dont foresee the issue coming up again, he said.
New voters who wish to take part in the Nov. 8 elections must register in person at the Westchester County Board of Elections or at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in White Plains, Peekskill and Yonkers by Friday. Citizens who will be 18 or older on Nov. 8 and have lived at their present address for at least 30 days are eligible to vote.
The Board of Elections can send voter registration forms to those who are unable to visit the White Plains office. Residents may download a form online or request one by calling (914) 995-5713.
Registration forms mailed into the Board of Elections must be postmarked by Friday and received by Oct. 19.
Those who have been honorably discharged from the military or who will become naturalized citizens after Oct. 14 have until Oct. 28 to register in person at the Board of Elections office.
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