East End Debate Set | Eastern Beacon
Election day this year is Tuesday, November 2, and this year there is a plethora of local races at the city and county level. Local civic groups have started announcing debates which are scheduled in the coming weeks.
The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association is organizing two “Candidate Meetings Forums”. The first, for candidates for the Southold Town board of directors, is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 27, at the Mattituck Park District Community Hall in Veterans Beach.
The second forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 25, also at the Veterans Park Community Hall. It will focus on candidates for the positions of trustee, road superintendent and clerk.
Both forums are slated to be in person with COVID protocols in place: masks and social distancing inside the building. The MLCA will monitor local and regional COVID trends to determine if changes are needed. MLCA members can ask questions of applicants by email at [email protected]
The East Marion Community Association and the Orient Association are planning Zoom Candidate Forums on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon and on the evening of Monday, Oct. 18 at a time to be determined.
The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork have also announced their schedule of debates, with Zoom debates scheduled for Southampton City Council on Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m., for the Suffolk County Legislature. Monday, October 18 at 7 p.m. and for East Hampton Town Board Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
The Southampton and Suffolk debates will air on SEA-TV’s YouTube channel, while the East Hampton debate will air on the East Hampton YouTube channel.
The League of Women Voters is also planning a series of voter information tables across the East End on National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 28. .
The League will distribute voter registration forms, postal ballots, leaflets with the 12 early voting dates / sites / times from October 23 to 31 and an LWVNYS brochure with the pros / cons of the five proposals on the ballot paper on polling day.
On Tuesday, September 28, the League tables will be posted:
in front of the Montauk post office, 10 am-12pm;
in front of the Montauk Library, 11 am-1pm;
in front of the East Hampton Post Office, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
outside of Springs General Store, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
outside Bridgehampton Post Office, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
outside Southampton Stop & Shop, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
outside the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Coopers Farm Road, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
outside Hampton Bays King Kullen, 52 E. Montauk Hwy., 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
outside the Hampton Bays dollar store, 252 W. Montauk Hwy., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
at Westhampton Beach inside Westhampton Library, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
at the Shelter Island Library, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There will also be a table prior to National Voter Registration Day, Sunday, September 26, at St. Rosalie’s Church, 52 E. Montauk Hwy., For the Spanish Mass, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Information for the voter
The mailing deadline for voter registration forms is October 8. The mailing deadline for the mail ballot request is October 26, while the postmark deadline for returning the mail ballot is election day, November 2.
Voter registration forms are also available online at the New York State Council of Elections website at www.elections.ny.gov
For residents of East Hampton Town, the early voting site October 23-31 will be Windmill Village, 219 Accabonac Rd., Community Room 2. For residents of Southampton Town, the site is Stony Brook Southampton University Campus Gym, 70 Tuckahoe Rd.
For Southold Town, it is the Southold Senior Center, 750 Pacific St. in Mattituck. For Riverhead Town, this is the Riverhead Senior Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquabogue. There is no early voting site on Shelter Island.
Registered voters in Suffolk County can vote at any of Suffolk County’s 12 early voting sites, not just their city location.
Those who must register
Now in its 10th year, National Voter Registration Day was established in 2012 on the fourth Tuesday in September and has thousands of partner organizations across the United States. Its purpose is to draw attention to the importance of registering to vote on time.
The organization of National Voter Registration Day reminds people that more than four million Americans will be 18 and will now be eligible to vote this year; up to 30 million Americans will relocate and have to update their voter registration; and on average two million Americans will marry, and many of them will change their names and have to update their voters lists.
Those with questions can contact the League at 631-324-4637 or the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631-852-4500 or www.suffolkvotes.com