East Hampton Group for Good Government   In the 2007 East Hampton election 15,274 residents were registered to vote; but only 6,658 (42.74%) actually voted. The election for Town Supervisor was decided by a margin of 104 votes. In 2011 it was 17 votes.

It's clear that your vote will have significant impact in East Hampton. And recent court decision affirms your right to vote—by absentee ballot if necessary—in East Hampton without changing your primary residence.

To Register to Vote

New York Law allows second home owners to choose where they want to vote—the place of their second or first home.

You may vote in only one location in an election cycle. It's your choice where to vote. This means that if—for example—you have a home in New York City and a home in East Hampton, you may register and vote in East Hampton even if New York City is your primary residence, as long as you have legitimate, significant and continuing attachments to East Hampton.

To vote in East Hampton, you must be registered to vote in Suffolk County. Registration is simple.

1. Pick up a registration form at the Post Office in East Hampton OR call 1-800-For-Vote and ask for a registration form to be sent to you OR download a registration form from the web.

To download, go to http://www.elections.ny.gov, click on "Need a Voter Registration Form" and follow the instructions under "register to vote."

2. Fill out the form and mail it to or hand it in at the Suffolk County Board of Elections, 700 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank, NY 11980. (You cannot register online.)

If you are changing your registration address from another city to East Hampton, make sure that you put your current voting address in Box 10 of the registration form, so that registration from the old address is cancelled.

For more information in court decisions on dual resident voting requirements see Maas v. Gaebel (N.Y. App. Div. 3rd Dept. May 15, 2015)

All of this information and more can be found on www.elections.ny.gov/.