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Board of Elections
Erik J. Haight (Republican) & Marco Caviglia (Democrat), Commissioners


  For Candidates and Voters  

Q.  How/where do I register to vote and where is my polling place?

To access information on voter registration, polling places, absentee ballots, casting write-in votes, downloading forms, and voting if you are ill or disabled, please visit the Dutchess County Board of Election's Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Q.  How soon before an election can I register and be allowed to vote?

You can register to vote anytime, however, new voters  should consult the Board of Elections Calendar to see registration dates for Primary and General Elections.

Q.  How will I know if I am properly registered to vote?

All voters are mailed a "voter check card" in September. New voters receive a confirmation in the mail shortly after the registration is processed.

Q.  Where can I obtain a sample ballot?

Links to sample ballots will be posted on the Board of Election's website as soon as they are available. For the General Elections  in November, there will be around 75 or 80 different ballots in Dutchess County. For the Primary Elections in September, a few dozen different ballots.

Q.  Where can I obtain an absentee ballot?

To access information on absentee ballots as well as information about voter registration, polling places, casting write-in votes, downloading forms, and voting if you are ill or disabled, please visit the website of the Dutchess County Board of Elections.

Q.  How do I become a candidate for an elective office?

To access information on becoming a candidate, please visit the Dutchess County Board of Election's website.

Q.  When are Campaign Finance filings due?

For Campaign Finance filing deadlines, as well as other information, please visit the New York State Board of Elections website's Campaign Finance section.


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  For Poll Workers  

Q.  How do I become a poll worker?

To access information on how to become a poll worker, please visit the website of the Dutchess County Board of Elections.


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