Tuesday’s Tip

Election Day is November 3, 2020      September 22, 2020

Every citizen over the age of 18 in the United States has the right, and the responsibility, to participate in our election process. Voting rights for many groups have not been historically guaranteed in this country, and many brave activists have fought to receive and maintain these rights. Honor their legacy by voting this year and every year. Your voice matters!

Here is some important info and dates in order to vote in NYS this year:

Register to Vote! Deadline: October 9th, 2020

Online: If you have a NYS issued license or ID, you can register online through the DMV at: https://voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/

By mail: Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9th, 2020, and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 14th, 2020. Download an application here

How to Vote

There are several different ways to vote this year for NYS residents. You can decide which option is the safest and most convenient for you.

Absentee Ballot:

You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

Electronically through our Absentee Ballot Application Portal:

By sending an email request to your local county board of elections

By telephoning a request to your local county board of elections

By sending a fax request to your local county board of elections

By going in-person to your local county board of elections
By mailing a paper application to your local county board of elections

You can download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form:

Download English Form

Download Spanish Form

Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.

2020 Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines


Date Deadline Information
October 27 Last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot. (Please be warned that despite this deadline, the Post Office has advised they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election.)
November 2 Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.
November 3 Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 10th. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 16th.
November 3 Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections or to any poll site.

Vote Early

Columbia County

Dutchess County

Greene County

Putnam County

Ulster County

Vote on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020

You can find your polling place here, or through your local Board of Elections website

Visit your county Board of Elections website or the NYS Board of Elections at elections.ny.gov for more information and details.

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A Message from Morton

So happy to note that we have had several new signups during National Library Card Month – many of you have been supporters and attendees of events and now you see how much more the library can offer.  We are also going to offer our annual Fiber Arts Show, though in a different guise.  We will be going virtual this October but are putting out the call for images of your amazing textile work. Please contact the library if you would like to be included.

We are also hoping to enlist many of you in our 2 Great Give Back events!  From October 1 – October 17, we will be collecting food to help support our local food pantries and to compete with our fellow Mid-Hudson libraries for a friendly competition.  On October 17, in conjunction with Riverkeeper Sweep, Backyard to Table, and the Rhinebeck Grange we will be doing a cleanup and planting at the Rhinecliff Dock – more info to follow.

Remember, not only can you check out library items, you can also contact us to help with your printing/copying jobs.  We also have our socially distanced porch rocking chairs ready for you to enjoy, either with a book or using our WiFi.

While you are here, feel free to pick up a garbage bag to help keep Rhinecliff clean.

It is so important to fill out the census – the date has now been changed and must now be filled out by September 30.

November 3 is fast approaching. If you aren’t registered to vote, you can pick up forms at the library!! September 22 is National Voter Registration Day, but we are not limiting you to only register on that specific day.

We are here for you, let us know if we can do more!  Now that school has started, Lawrence is happy to offer online tutoring help.

Our curbside hours are:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 – 2:00

Wednesday & Friday: 2:00 – 6:00

We are always available online!!

Click here for link to our newsletter.

Morton Curbside Service

Our curbside hours will be:

Sunday & Monday: closed

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wednesday & Friday: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday: closed

You will be able to request materials by calling the library (845-876-2903) or emailing sandy@mortonrhinecliff.org.  After you have been notified that your items are ready, you may come to the front of the building and call the library.  We will be using our lower door during our curbside service. A library staff member can either bring your items to your car, or if you prefer, can place your items outside and then you may get out of your car to retrieve them.

All items to be returned must be placed in the dropbox.

Please maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself, library staff, and other patrons at all times.

Per Morton’s Patron Code of Conduct, masks must be worn at all times when on library grounds.

We look forward to seeing you and to getting you the library items that you have been missing!