ADMINISTERING ELECTIONS IN PUTNAM COUNTY
The primary responsibility of the Putnam County Board of Elections is to administer all aspects of elections in Putnam County, and to ensure the participation in a democratic system of government.
The Board works efficiently to make sure that the will of each voter can be expressed without fear of oppression or fraud and that all those who desire to run for office will have the unimpeded opportunity to do so.
The Board is chaired by two highly experienced Election Commissioners who strive to ensure that New York State Election Law is faithfully followed. The Commissioners, along with our staff of Election Specialists, work alongside voters, candidates, and election workers, to make certain that elections are conducted in an honest manner. The Board mandates full and complete disclosure of campaign financing practices as one step in achieving this goal. Working alongside the New York State Board of Elections, the County Board holds candidates to the strict guidelines established in New York State Election Law, requiring their utmost cooperation in both identifying the sources of their campaign funds and abiding by restrictions regarding the sizes of donations.
At the Board of Elections we aim to create an atmosphere that encourages everyone to participate in the political process; a government of the people can only accommodate those citizens who make their voices heard. With this desire to encourage maximum voter participation in mind, the PCBOE has worked in accordance with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to make certain that every person qualified to vote in Putnam County has the opportunity to do so. Beginning with the 2009 election cycle, voters will be using new optical scanning voting machines. These machines will provide increased accessibility for the disabled population by offering them a variety of different devices for ballot marking.
Underlining all of the above is the responsibility of the Board to encourage full voter participation in the electoral process while keeping pace with ever changing Election Law mandates, to promote voter confidence while combating political apathy, and to protect voters’ rights while not intruding on the natural progression of the political process. Most simply, we make it our goal to guarantee that it is the voters who make the difference on Election Day. Through our efforts, we attempt to preserve the status of our nation as “a government of laws and not of men.”