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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Tomorrow is Election Day – Legislator Kara Hahn Urges the Community to Let Their Voices be Heard

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Election Day 2020

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Tomorrow – Tuesday, November 3rd – is Election Day. Polls will be open from 6:00AM to 9:00 PM and elections officials are working hard to ensure each of Suffolk County’s 336 polling places will be clean, safe and secure.

To locate your polling place, please visit:
Voting booths, privacy sleeves and pens will be continuously sanitized throughout the day to keep voters safe. At all times, please maintain a distance of six feet from others and always wear a mask.

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Voting Shouldn't be Intimidating

Under state and federal law, it is illegal for anyone to intimidate, threaten, or coerce voters with the purpose of interfering with their right to vote. The New York State Attorney highlights the following types of conduct as potentially constituting unlawful voter intimidation:


  • Individuals or groups patrolling outside of polling places and trying to scare people out of the voting line;
  • Poll watchers inside a polling place aggressively challenging large groups of voters, leading to long lines, and creating false fears that voters may be illegally voting;
  • Poll watchers standing in the vicinity of privacy booths, standing in unauthorized areas, videotaping and/or photographing voters within the polling place, following or harassing voters in the polling place;
  • Individuals spreading false rumors or making false statements that there are negative consequences to voting; or
  • Individuals or groups displaying weapons or foreign military uniforms or other military paraphernalia outside of polling locations.


Behavior that has been found to constitute voter intimidation under federal law in the past includes:

  • Threats of violence;
  • Following voters to poll sites and speaking loudly about prosecuting them for illegal voting;
  • Civilians dressing as law enforcement officers and harassing voters at poll sites;
  • Economic coercion, such as threatening to boycott in response to an individual exercising their right to vote;
  • Threatening to evict someone for exercising their right to vote;
  • Patterns of baseless arrests and prosecutions in the vicinity of voter registration meetings; and
  • Publicly disseminating individuals’ names and addresses, or “doxing,” in an effort to vilify those individuals.


Additionally, the following actions are prohibited under New York state law:

  • State and local employees interfering with or affecting the election;
  • A member of the United States armed forces preventing, or attempting to prevent, a voter from fully exercising their voting rights through force, threat, intimidation, or advice;
  • Groups of people organizing as private militias without permission from the state;
  • Open carry of handguns, or the possession of machine guns and loaded or unloaded assault weapons, as well as the use of firearms or other dangerous instruments to intimidate or harass;
  • Invading the privacy of a voting booth used by a voter; and,
  • Requiring an individual to show photo ID in order to vote.
If you observe any prohibited conduct, please immediately contact the NYSAG's Election Protection Hotline by calling 1-800-771-7755 or emailing election.hotline@ag.ny.govAny incidents involving potentially dangerous conduct should be reported to local law enforcement immediately.


Ballot Icon ImageThere are More Than Just Candidates on the Ballot

Suffolk County voters are being asked to consider two propositions this year:

Prop One:

SHALL RESOLUTION NO. 442-2020, ADOPTING A CHARTER LAW TO CHANGE THE LEGISLATIVE TERM OF OFFICE FOR COUNTY LEGISLATORS FROM TWO (2) YEARS TO FOUR (4) YEARS BE APPROVED?

Prop Two:

SHALL RESOLUTION NO. 547-2020, ADOPTING A CHARTER LAW TO TRANSFER EXCESS FUNDS IN THE SEWER ASSESSMENT STABILIZATION RESERVE FUND TO THE SUFFOLK COUNTY TAXPAYER TRUST FUND AND TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT INTERFUND TRANSFERS BE MADE FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE SEWER ASSESSMENT STABILIZATION FUND BE APPROVED?

For a non-partisan and non-biased summary of all referendum questions that appear on the ballot tomorrow, visit the Suffolk County League of Women Voters’ website: https://my.lwv.org/new-york/suffolk-county/local-media-columns or https://my.lwv.org/new-york/suffolk-county for other voting related information. 


And the Winners Are... 

Interested in seeing live local election results? If so, visit the Suffolk County Board of Elections for unofficial vote totals as they are reported to the BOE. 

After the polls close visit:


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