Changing Your Party

All Party Changes
This occurs when a currently registered voter wishes to change his or her 
party affiliation.
How to change your party enrollment
1. Complete a new voter registration form and select the party enrollment of your choice.
2. Submit the form to the Board of Elections either in person, by mail, or thru MyDMV.com
3. The new registration form must be received by the Board of Elections before the registration
cut-off in October of that year, in order for the enrollment change to take place for the following year.
Example: A registration with a party enrollment change received on 9/1/2015; the party change will
take effect 7 days after the General Election in 2015 on 11/17/2015.
Any party enrollment change received after October 9th, 2015 thru October 14th, 2016 will not take
effect until November 15th 2016, (7 days after the General Election in 2016).
NYS Election Law 5-304 (see below) prevents voters from strategically changing parties with the sole intention of adversely affecting outcomes in a party’s primary election. This law has been upheld
by state and federal courts.
NYS Election Law § 5–304. Enrollment; change of enrollment or new enrollment by previously
registered voters
1. A registered voter may change his enrollment in the manner prescribed by this section.
2. The term ‘‘change of enrollment’’ shall apply to applications by a registered voter already enrolled
in one party to enroll in a different party, or to delete his enrollment in any party, or an application by
a registered voter not enrolled in any party to enroll in a particular party.
3. A change of enrollment received by the board of elections not later than the twenty-fifth day before
the general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box, which shall not be opened until
the first Tuesday following such general election. Such change of enrollment shall be then removed
and entered as provided in this article.
4. Registered voters may apply for change of enrollment personally by mail to or by appearing before
a county board of elections or by appearing before a board of inspectors. If the applicant has
appeared in person and if the board finds that he or she is properly registered, it shall provide the applicant with an application form for voter registration by mail which shall be treated as an
application for change of enrollment filed pursuant to this section. If the voter has applied personally
by mail, the county board of elections shall mail him or her, an application form for voter registration
by mail as provided by this chapter. If a registered voter submits an application form for registration
or enrollment as provided by this chapter, from the residence address from which he or she is then registered, and such form reflects a change of enrollment, the county board of elections shall treat
such form as an application for change of enrollment filed pursuant to this section. If such application form also sets forth a new address within the same city or county, the board of elections shall also
treat such form as an application for transfer of registration pursuant to section 5–208 of this article.
If a voter has cast a ballot in an affidavit ballot envelope on which such voter claims a party
enrollment different from the enrollment in the records of the board of elections, such affidavit shall
be treated as an application for change of enrollment.
Voter registration forms are available:
  • On our website at Register to Vote
  • At your local Town Clerk’s office
  • At your local Library
  • At the County Board of Elections office in Bath
You can also go online to MyDMV.com if you have a NYS Driver’s License, Permit or Non-Drive ID. You will need to set up an account thru DMV and then you can register to vote or change any
information on your voter registration. The information will be sent to Elections electronically for them
to process.
 
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