GOSHEN COUNTY – Goshen County Clerk Cynthia Kenyon wishes to remind everyone to go vote. If you are not currently registered to vote, you can register in person anytime at the Goshen County Clerk’s Office or the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3. Those registering to vote at the clerk’s office are required to cast their ballot there.
The last day to vote in person at the Goshen County Clerk’s Office will be Monday, Nov. 2, with the polls closing at 4 p.m. After that, you will have to vote in person at your local polling center.
All Goshen County polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Goshen County voters who have received an absentee ballot need to get their ballots submitted as soon as possible. Voters can turn in absentee ballots to the Goshen County Clerk’s Office or deposit them in one of the drop boxes at the courthouse.
Voters cannot turn in absentee ballots at polling centers. If a voter submits an absentee ballot at a polling center, that ballot will be rejected, and the voter will be required to complete another ballot at the polling location.
According to National Public Radio (NPR), nationally, 1% of all absentee ballots were invalidated in the 2016 election. Several issues were attributed to the invalidations but primarily resulted from absentee voters failing to sign their ballots, turning the ballots in after the deadline or voters signing with a signature not matching the signature on file with the clerk’s office.
The Goshen County Clerk’s Office and all polling locations will be taking precautions to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. Some of the precautions may cause the line to move a little slower, but Kenyon is confident there will be no significant imposition on voters.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that residents in municipalities can register to vote in their town offices. We regret the error.