Advance Voting Day for Ottawa election

Advance Voting Day for Ottawa election
New York Today: How to Register to Vote
Friday is the last chance for Ottawa voters to cast their ballots ahead of the Oct. 22 municipal election.

Advance polls will be open in each ward at the location listed on voter notification letters. Didn't receive a letter? This handy link can direct you where to go.

Finally, theres the perennially under-appreciated contests for state secretaries of state. In many states, the secretary of state is also the chief elections officer. That role gives them valuable influence over the integrity of the states electoral process. Look no further than Kris Kobach, the current Kansas secretary of state who is currently locked in a tight race for the governorship there. Kobach is best known for his campaigns against the perceived threat of voter fraud. Until this spring, he chaired Trumps now-defunct national commission on the subject, which eventually found no widespread evidence to support its claims. A federal court blocked the state voter ID law that Kobach had enthusiastically championed and found him in contempt for not registering tens of thousands of voters who had been blocked by it.

Video: Need to register to vote? Heres how

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Remember to bring a valid piece of identification such as a driver's licence, health card or utility bill bearing your name and address. Photo ID is not required. See the City of Ottawa's list of acceptable identification.

Though voter fraud is virtually nonexistent, Republicans have used the specter of it to pass a wave of restrictive voting measures. Voter ID laws in particular often disenfranchise thousands of otherwise eligible voters because they cant meet onerous or time-consuming criteria to exercise a basic right. North Dakotas version of the law, for example, requires voters to use IDs with their current residential address instead of a mailing address. The restriction effectively disenfranchises thousands of Native Americans with IDs listing their P.O. boxes because the U.S. Postal Service doesnt offer residential delivery to rural reservations. The Supreme Court refused earlier this week to block the law from taking effect for next months election, which may ultimately cost Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp her seat.

For more information on the 2018 municipal elections, visit or contact the elections office at 613-580-2660 or [email protected]

While these races are fought at the state level, they carry national importance in 2018 and in 2020. All of the governors and some of the state lawmakers elected this November will still be in power after the 2020 Census kicks off the next wave of redistricting. The last census coincided with a Republican wave in the 2010 midterms that handed them full control of more than two dozen state governments. Once in power, GOP officials in those states were able to gerrymander congressional districts to strengthen their electoral prospects for the rest of the decade. Voters choices in 29 gubernatorial races this year and hundreds of state legislative battles could make it harder for another ten years of Republican entrenchment this time.

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The Constitutions framers anticipated that men like Trump might one day capture the presidency, and took steps to prepare for it. Their system of checks and balances, however, is effectively moribund under House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congressional Republicans have largely used their oversight powers to shield the Trump administration from scrutiny, whether by not investigating obvious scandals or by using their powers to undermine investigations in other parts of the government. The House Intelligence Committees GOP majority spends most of its time these days trying to discredit the Russia investigation so that Trump can shut it down before it inflicts any more political damage.

If you havent registered yet, dont worry — well walk you through the process right now. Here in New York, it can take as little as five minutes.

Trumps confidence in American elections hinges on a simple metric: the extent to which they personally validate him. When his poll numbers plummeted after the Access Hollywood tape surfaced in mid-October 2016, he repeatedly issued false and incendiary warnings to his supporters that the election would be rigged against him. Trumps attacks quieted the moment he was elected president, only to start again when it became clear that almost three million more voters chose Hillary Clinton instead. In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally, he wrote on Twitter.

Arizona early voting has begun, so heres how to vote early

The general election on Nov. 6, where youll be voting for nearly all of New Yorks officials including governor, attorney general, comptroller, lieutenant governor and candidates for the State Senate and Assembly. Youll also be asked to vote for one United States Senate candidate and a candidate for the House of Representatives. Heres a look at your ballot.

In some states, too, this applies to people who simply forgot their ID at home on the day of the election. If you fail to show up to the polls with the ID you can request a provisional ballot and come back with your ID later, says Jackel. If its the same day, you can go back to your polling location; if its later than that, you need to bring the ID your local election officials office, which you can find by Googling your area code along with election official. Often it will be your county clerk.

Online. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles page and fill in your information. Youll need your New York State drivers license, permit or ID card. Also, your ZIP code and Social Security number. Fill in the form and click I agree and submit.

In person. You can register in person at a bunch of places like the D.M.V., CUNY campuses and other New York State agency offices. The board of elections has an office in each borough. Youll need your ID.

Absentee. If youre planning a trip out of town, youll need to postmark the absentee ballot application before Oct. 30. You can also request an absentee ballot if you have an illness, a disability or for other reasons.

Early voting begins in Jackson County

Yes! But a heads up: Some New Yorkers have experienced problems voting in the past. If you show up to vote and somethings wrong, you can call the Election Protection coalition at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

You can also call your local election official or the Secretary of State, though youre more likely to get a timely response from an election protection hotline on election day. I would call election protection hotlines first because youre more likely to find someone who will be an advocate for you, adds Jackel.

I love reading your column about New York, but I live outside the state. Can you help me register, too?

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Of course. In New Jersey, the deadline to register to vote is next Tuesday, Oct. 16. (Sorry, New Jerseyans, you must register by mail or in person.) In Connecticut, the deadline is Oct. 30, and you can register to vote online here. Live somewhere else? You can look up your states registrations rules here.

Were expecting up to three-quarters of an inch of rain today, so dont leave home without your umbrella.

• The authorities arrested the operator of the limousine company involved in the crash that killed 20 people. Nauman Hussain was charged with criminally negligent homicide. [New York Times]

Many newspapers also publish endorsements or other opinion pieces that may present useful arguments for how to vote. Think about whether you usually agree or disagree with the viewpoints expressed in your newspaper before deciding on how endorsements should affect your vote. Some people do exactly what their favorite newspaper recommends. Some voters do exactly the opposite of the endorsements in a local newspaper that they love to hate. Many other voters consider the quality of the arguments each opinion article makes and use these ideas in making their own decisions.

• A nannys knife attack on three babies and two adults at a Queens maternity center last month shined a light on the underground world of birth tourism. [New York Times]

• A state appeals court overturned the verdict of a Hasidic man who was convicted of assaulting a black student in Brooklyn. [New York Times]

However, if you vote early, you do run the risk of locking in your vote ahead of news that might change your decision – a candidate might say something outrageous, be arrested or even die before Election Day. If you vote on Election Day, you will have the maximum amount of time to study the candidates and amendments and think carefully about the best choices. The answer on which way to vote will be different for each person, but the key is to plan ahead.

• Michael Bloomberg, gearing up for a possible 2020 presidential run, announced his return to the Democratic Party. [New York Times]

• Nate McMurrays campaign for Congress picked up steam after his opponent, Representative Chris Collins, was indicted. [New York Times]

Other than mail-in ballots, citizens can vote early in another way in Maricopa County. Maricopa County Elections offices will be open from now through Nov. 2 during normal operation hours.

• A self-described spiritual leader drugged and raped two women during church ceremonies in Brooklyn, prosecutors said. [New York Times]

The FINAL day to mail back the mail-in ballots is October 31. Your mail-in ballot will explain to you how and where to mail back your ballot.

• The city is loosening restrictions on electric bikes. Heres what you need to know before you head out for a ride. [New York Times]

• Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will add a third gender category on birth certificates. [AM New York]

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• The independent bookstore McNally Jackson will close its Prince Street location next year, but fear not: The owners plan to move to another spot in the neighborhood. [Bowery Boogie]

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• Get in the Halloween spirit. The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival screens films at various times and locations around Brooklyn. Through Oct. 18. [$16]

The scam calls originated from the 607 area code, and to date have targeted Upstate New York residents of Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Yates, Ontario, Tompkins and Broome counties, according to the state Board of Elections.

• The opening reception of Art as Witness: Political Graphics 2016-18, which displays more than 200 recent political cartoons, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery in Chelsea. 6 p.m. [Free]

New York elections officials are warning state residents of a scam involving telephone calls and text messages aimed at gaining personal information from voters.

• Mark Bittman, a former food columnist for The Times, discusses food and labor during his lecture series at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 6 p.m. [Free]

• An exhibition of the former White House photographer Pete Souza, Throw Shade, Then Vote, at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. 6 to 8 p.m. [Free]

• A performance of Duke Oldrich and Washerwoman Bozena, the True Story, by the Czechoslovak American Marionette Theater at Jan Hus Church on the Upper East Side. 7 p.m. Through Oct. 26. [$10]

Jury duty is something Ive avoided like the plague ever since I became an adult. As a full-time medical student, I postponed serving the last three times I was called.

Voters must deliver their voter registration forms either in person or by mail and have them postmarked before the deadline, said Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax. Registration also includes updates to a voters information, like their address or party affiliation.

Last week, though, I got the summons of all summonses: previously postponed — must serve. I knew I could no longer shirk my civic duty.

“Its critical that people confirm their voter registration information and make any necessary changes before the deadline,” Ziriax said. “Elections are our chance as voters to have a say in our government, and that starts by making sure you are registered to vote.”

It was a beautiful August day when I went to the courthouse, and I couldnt think of a worse way to spend it.

Current voters also can bypass the paper form to update their information online at Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations, however, will still require a completed paper form.

At noon, as we jurors were getting restless — huddling around the few electrical outlets, discarding our cups of melted iced coffee — the clerk spoke.

Ladies and gents, she announced, we have a unique treat. She motioned toward an excited-looking man. He was a prospective juror who, for some reason, had come to court with a guitar.

Theres at least one person who will be annoyed by this, he said. Several people appeared to turn up the music coming through their headphones. Ill buy you a coffee after.

He began with the ultimate crowd-pleaser, What a Wonderful World, crooning the lyrics over the clerks loudspeaker.

He ended with Billy Joels Piano Man, changed the lyrics to Its 9 oclock at jury duty/waiting for something exciting to happen. When he was done, he said it was the craziest gig of his life.

I left the courthouse loving jury duty. When I return in 2024, my expectations will certainly be set high.

Its nearly harvest time, which in New York means an abundance of food-centric festivals are serving up feasts around town.

New York City Wine and Food Festival at Piers 92 and 94 in Midtown West. This giant celebration of food, wine and celebrity chefs kicks off today with a focus on female chefs including Giada De Laurentiis and Rachael Ray. More than 80 events will be held at various times through Sunday. [Prices vary]

The Museum of Pizza at the William Vale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This immersive art exhibition (read: Instagram-friendly) celebrates pizza with pizza-inspired rooms, music, art and a cheese cave. Opens on Saturday, through Oct. 28. [$35]

Hester Street Fair CBD Festival on the Lower East Side. More like a spice than a food, the inspiration for this festival is CBD or cannabidiol (a cannabis compound that wont get you high). On offer: CBD candies, oil and ice cream. Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. [Free]

New York Coffee Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Midtown. Coffee demonstrations and workshops, latte art, and as much coffee as you can drink. Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through Sunday. [$40]

Pickle Day at Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. Carnival games, music and vendors selling briny treats like cukes on a stick and pickle ice cream. Bring your homemade pickles and have them evaluated by a panel of judges. Noon to 5 p.m. [Free]

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