2016 Bellport Village Elections
February 23, 2016
In June of 2016, Bellport Village
elections will be held for three positions. There will be two Trustee
positions available on the Village Board plus the position of Village
We just received a letter (which we’ve
posted on our Letters To The Editor page), from Village resident Joseph
Gagliano, announcing that he will be running for Village Trustee in the June
elections. As we are aware of several other Village residents who are
planning on running, we thought it might be helpful if we shared some of the
information we have about running for office in Bellport Village elections.
We won’t be posting the “Village Independent Nomination Petition” as it is
protected by copyright, but you can easily pick up a copy from Bellport
We wish the best of luck to everyone who puts in the time and effort to run
for office in Village elections.
Here are our 2016 Village Election Notes...
The key document is the
“Village Independent Nomination Petition”
Village Hall should give you a
copy of the petition and it’s up to you to make additional copies
Generally, Village Hall won’t
answer any questions. They will simply refer you to your attorney
You’ll need at least 50 valid
signatures. Plan on getting at least 100 to 150
Village Hall won’t inspect or
validate your petitions. It’s only if another candidate challenges your
petitions that it gets interesting. In such a case, Village Hall will
send your petitions to the Board of Elections in Yaphank for validation.
Because there will be two
Trustee positions available, a resident can sign two different
nominating petitions for two different candidates, but no more than two.
If two candidates are running
together as a “Party,” a signature on a single petition counts as two
signatures, one for each of the two candidates.
Dating each signature is very
important. If a resident signs petitions for more than two candidates,
only the two earliest dated petitions will count. Any later signatures
will be determined to be invalid.
Other invalidating items might
be... The signer isn’t a resident of the Village. Their printed date,
name or Village address aren’t legible.
Notice all of the information
at the top of the petition which must be filled in. Make a master copy
of the petition with all this boilerplate filled in and then make at
least 15 copies.
Notice that you have to come
up with a “Party” name and an emblem or symbol for your party.
Notice that you have to fill
in the names and Village addresses of at least 3 people, who are all
registered voters in the Village, as a committee to fill in a vacancy
for office should one happen. I’m not sure of the procedure should this
Information about the resident
who is taking your petition around for signatures has to be filled out
at the bottom.
The petition has to be dated
at the bottom, signed by the witness, and the sheet numbered. The
witness is the person taking the petition around. They are swearing that
they witnessed each person sign the petition.
The petitions don’t have to
have 10 signatures each. The total number of signatures on all the
petitions handed in simply has to be 50 or more. You can have lots of
people going around getting signatures for you.
Because of the dating
requirements, the one who gets the signatures first is in the clear.
It’s important to get your signatures as soon as possible on or after
Tuesday, April 5th and before May 17th.
For some reason that I still
don’t understand, candidates have traditionally tried to keep their
candidacy a secret until the last moment when they have to submit their
Traditionally, it has been
VERY important for candidates to walk the Village and try to visit every
home in the Village. Winning candidates have always said that this is
what made their candidacy a success.
I am not a lawyer. The above
is based on my 45+ years of living in Bellport and my being involved in
many elections. If you have any questions you should take them to an
attorney to make sure you’re getting the right advice.
And finally, here are the
significant dates which lead up to the June elections...
Sunday, February 21, 2016
First day for the Village Clerk to accept applications for an absentee
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Candidates may begin collecting signatures for their nominating petitions
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
First day for candidates to submit their nominating petitions
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Last day for candidate to submit their nominating petitions
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Last day to file written objections to nomination petitions
Friday, June 10, 2016
Last day individuals may register with the County Board of Elections to be
eligible to vote in the Village Elections
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Village Voter Registration Day, 12noon-5:00pm at Bellport Village Hall.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Last day for the Village Clerk to accept applications for absentee ballots
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Last day for the Village Clerk to mail absentee ballots to qualified voters
Monday, June 20, 2016
Last day to submit an application for an absentee ballot and receive an
absentee ballot at Village Hall
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Election Day! All absentee ballots must be in. Voting will take place at the
Bellport Community Center, 4 Bell Street, Bellport, from 7:00am-9:00pm.
Election results will be posted on Bellport.com just minutes after the
results are known. Be sure to visit Bellport.com election evening to be the
first to know who won!
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