Dutchess County Legislator and 41st state Senate District candidate Sue Serino (R,C,I– Hyde Park) recently announced the launch of the “18 Vote Project,” an effort dedicated to making sure those who can’t vote on Election Day make their voice heard through absentee voting. The project, using the hashtag 18voteproject, will use social media and grassroots efforts to educate voters on what they need to do to successfully cast their absentee ballot and ensure their voice is heard in 2014.



“The name of the project comes from the fact that two years ago, control of the state Senate was decided by a drawn out legal battle over vote counting in one race which was ultimately decided by 18 votes out of nearly 135,000 votes cast,” said Serino. “Polls show that the race for the 41st Senate District could very well decide the balance of power in the Senate once again, between New York City interest and legislators who truly represent our upstate values. I want to make sure voters make an informed choice and make their voice heard. Absentee voting is a convenient way to vote before Election Day, either at the Board of Elections or from home, if you aren’t sure you’ll be able to make it to the polls.”

The 18 Vote Project recently launched a Facebook page at, which will allow voters in the 41st Senate District to find the necessary links and paperwork needed to request an absentee ballot, as well as information on how to fill out an absentee ballot, to ensure it is counted in the event of a court ordered hand counting.


All voters wishing to receive an absentee ballot must have their request for an application postmarked by this Tuesday, October 28 and return their completed ballot to the appropriate Board of Elections by November 3. Absentee ballots may also be requested and filled out at your local Board of Elections during normal business hours. Both the Dutchess County Board of Elections and the Putnam County Board of Elections have extended office hours leading up to Election Day, including Saturday, October 25 and Saturday, November 1. The Dutchess County Board of Elections is located at 47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or (845) 486-2473 . The Putnam County Board of Elections is located at 25 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512 or (845) 808-1300.


“We all hope that this election is clear on Election Day, but in the event that it comes down to a recount, I want to make sure every properly filled out absentee ballot is counted. The 18 Vote Project will work toward strengthening our democracy and increasing voter participation,” concluded Serino.


The 41st Senate District covers most of Dutchess County and half of Putnam County. Click here to learn more about the 18 Vote Project.