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You can look up your registration here: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ Please note that the lookup system requires an exact data match to your voter registration record.
Or feel free to contact us at 315-536-5135 Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:30pm EST excluding Holidays.
Please contact us at the Yates County Board of Elections (315)536-5135 or stop into our office at 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, NY. A new card will then be mailed to you. If you take your card with you to the polls to vote it can expedite the process.
Each year in late March, we send out Mail Check Cards. They go to every registered voter in our county to verify their address. These cards also allow the voters to verify their party affiliation and indicate where their polling site is located.
Change of Name and/or Address
The online registration portal or the voter registration form can be used to change a name or address. Notices of change of address from registered voters received at least 15 days before a special, primary or general election by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for that election.
Change of Party Enrollment
The online registration portal or the voter registration form can be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. An application to change one's party enrollment for the primary election in any year must be received by the board of elections no later than February 14th of that year.
How to Cancel Your Registration
In order to have your name removed from the voting rolls, pursuant to N.Y. Election Law section 5-400, you must send a written letter to the local board of elections where you lived requesting to have your registration cancelled. You must send a written letter to:
Yates County Board of Elections
417 Liberty Street,
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Who May Apply for an Absentee Ballot
You may qualify to vote absentee for the following reasons:
ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION PORTAL
Who May Apply for an Early Mail Ballot
Any registered voter may apply for an early mail ballot. Each person must apply for themselves. It is a felony to make a false statement in an application for an early mail ballot, to attempt to cast an illegal ballot, or to help anyone to cast an illegal ballot.
How to Apply for an Early Mail Ballot
You may apply for an early mail ballot in any of the following ways:
Voters with a print disability, which means any disability that interferes with the effective reading, writing, or use of printed material, and require a ballot with accessible features may apply using the online Accessible Ballot Application Portal.
Print disabilities include blindness, low vision, dyslexia, dysgraphia, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities that limit writing abilities.
Voters using the accessible ballot system in need of printing services in order to print their ballot can access such services at certain public printing resources, including but not limited to, libraries, print stores, shipping stores, and office supply stores. Voters should contact their local printing resources for details on the printing services offered.
In-person voting using an accessible Ballot Marking Device (“BMD”) during early voting or on Election Day is still available to voters with a disability who do not want to vote using the accessible ballot system.
See documents below related to accessible ballots.
Electronic Accessible Ballot Delivery System Doc
Votes cast on Yates County voting systems are protected from interference and there are numerous ballot reconciliation processes that are undertaken to ensure that your vote is protected. Before any election event extensive pretesting of the voting system occurs. After each election a hand count audit is conducted with a random sample of 3% of voting systems to determine that the paper ballots match the figures reported on the tape. No voting systems are connected to the internet to avoid for vote tally manipulation. Security seals lock essential components of the system to prevent any tampering. All paper ballots must be accounted for by election inspectors and reconciled at the end of each election event before an election can be officially certified. Voters are invited to observe the programming, testing and auditing process of all voting systems; interested persons should contact the Board of Elections to get more information.
To run for political office in New York State you must be a resident, 18 years old and a US citizen. In order to have your name appear on the ballot for an office you will have to pass petitions to collect a certain number of signatures. See minimum signature requirements in Candidates. These minimums vary by office sought and by town.
Designating Petitions are filed for candidates who wish to run in a specific political party. These are circulated and filed in late February, March and early April each year. Independent Petitions are for candidates who wish to appear on the ballot without the support of a specific organized political party. These Independent Petitions are circulated in April and May. Please review the information on this web site under “Candidates” for current information and the calendar of dates. Please also review Campaign Finance then, Call the Board of Elections 315-536-5135 for more specific information. For complete petition packets, including instructions, visit the Board of Elections.
“Official” Parties in New York State – based on the number of votes received in the last election for Governor.
Web sites are listed to allow parties to speak for themselves:
Call our office at 315-536-5135 or stop at the office in the Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty Street, and we can issue a new card. If you take your card with you to the polls to vote it can expedite the process.
The Board of Elections has nothing to do with the selection of jurors. Margaret DiMartino is the Commissioner of Jurors and can be reached at 315-536-5126.
During most of the year, you will receive a Voter Acknowledgement Card within about 10 days of submitting your registration to us. We are not allowed to enter new voters for about a month prior to an election. If you apply during that time, you will get your ID card after the election. Please review the card to verify your info, should you have a question, just call the office, 315-536-5135. Please consider taking the card with you when you go to vote, it should expedite the process for you. If there are errors in the registration, you should notify the Board of Elections so the registration information can be corrected.
Yes, please! We need to have accurate, residence and mailing, addresses for all voters registered in the county. On or about March 1st every year, we send yellow cards to every voter in the county to confirm their address and voting district. Unfortunately we get hundreds back because people have moved and not told us, or left incorrect "forwarding or temporarily away" information with the Federal Post Office. To assist us, the Motor Vehicle Office will notify us for you when you update your address with them.
YES. Starting in 2019, when a registered voter moves between counties in the state, the voter’s registration will go with them to the new county. Your party affiliation will remain intact as well. You will receive a card at your new residence with the change of address notification.
The Board of Elections provides training annually for all those who want to work as Inspectors. Since we are always looking for additional inspectors, just let us know of your interest by phone at 315-536, or e-mail [email protected] or by stopping at our office in the Yates County Office Building at 417 Liberty Street, Suite 1124. You will receive a packet of forms to complete and will be scheduled for your initial new inspector training. These training session will normally occur in March and September or October. You will then be offered further training on the various electronic devices used at the polling sites.
Each March, “Mail Check Cards” go to every registered voter in the county to verify their address. These cards allow the voters to verify the party in which they are enrolled and where they vote.
Early Voting is a 9 day expansion of the voting opportunity that includes two weekends and two evenings. It starts 11 days before Election Day, and accommodates the needs of voters who find it difficult to vote on Election Day. The Early Voting site is in the County Office Building, 417 Liberty Street Penn Yan. Hours vary by day. On Saturdays and Sundays the polls are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the hours are also 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. On Tuesday and Thursday, the hours are Noon to 8:00 PM. Any registered voter in the County is able to vote Early.
Yes, it's automatically generated by County Clerk's Office.
Deeds, mortgages and other recordings related to these documents are available. Deeds recorded in Yates County prior to July 1, 2001, and mortgages recorded prior to October 1998 are contained in books, also known as libers. Deeds and mortgages recorded since those dates are imaged and available for public viewing by computers located in the public records room. Although imaged recordings are not actually kept in books, Yates County still retains the method of identifying land records by book and page. See Index for Deeds and Mortgages for details
Marriage certificates are not filed with the County Clerk. Contact the Town Clerk for additional information.
Birth certificates are not filed with the County Clerk. Contact the Town or Village Clerk.
Death certificates are not filed with the County Clerk. Contact the Town or Village Clerk where the death occurred. Occasionally a certified copy of a death certificate is filed with the County Clerk for reference purposes.
The Penn Yan Motor Vehicle Office, under the direction of the County Clerk, who acts as agent for the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, handles most types of motor vehicle transactions, including all enforcement transactions. Visit our DMV page for additional information.
For the current year, pay your Town & County taxes at your town between Jan.1 and March 31. After March 31, pay at the county.