Election History

New Absentee Ballot Procedure

Due to a 2022 change in the election in law, New York State voters are no longer permitted to cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have already been issued an absentee ballot for that election. Voters who have already been issued an absentee ballot can still vote in person using an affidavit ballot. The affidavit ballot will be kept separate until the election is completed. Election officials will verify whether the voter’s absentee ballot has been received. If the voter’s absentee ballot has been received, the affidavit ballot will not be counted. If the voter’s absentee ballot has not been received, the affidavit ballot will be counted.

If a voter requests a second absentee ballot, any previously issued absentee ballot that is returned by the voter will be set aside unopened to provide the voter a chance to return the second ballot, unless the first ballot has already been opened. If both ballots are received before the return deadline, the ballot with the later postmark date is accepted and any other ballots that have been received are rejected unless the first ballot has already been opened. If a voter submits more than one timely absentee ballot and cast an affidavit ballot, the last received ballot, either submitted in person during the election or by mail within the absentee return deadline, will be canvassed.

Our 2021 Candidates

Robert Langley for Sheriff.

Kathy Kahng for Kent Supervisor.

* Anne Campbell for Kent Town Board – ELECTED.

Simon Carey for Kent Town Board.

* Andrew Wells for Kent Town Justice.

  • Meet Team Kent candidates HERE.

James Hyer for NYS Supreme Court Justice – ELECTED.

2020 Endorsed Local Candidates

SEAN PATRICK MALONEY for US House of Representatives, District 18 – RE-ELECTED.

KAREN SMYTHE for NYS Senate, District 41.

SANDY GALEF for NYS Assembly, District 95 – RE-ELECTED.

VINCENT FIORENTINO for Putnam County Legislature, District 3.

Alexandra D. MurphyRobert S. OndrovicJustice Sam D. Walker and Judge E. Loren Williams for Supreme Court Justices, 9th Judicial District – ELECTED.



ANNE CAMPBELL and NINA GEROSA for Kent Town Board.

REBECCA SWAN for County Legislator, District 5 (part of Lake Carmel).

CAMILLE LINSON for Putnam County Court Judge.

GINA CAPONE for Supreme Court Justice, 9th Judicial District – ELECTED.


DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RESULTS: Richardson (248), Douchkoff (151), Curtiss (98). The top two will appear on the Democratic line in November. Congratulations.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, there will be a primary for Town Judicial Candidates. We urge you to vote for Pamela Richardson*. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at your usual polling place. Have questions or need help with transportation? E-mail us at KentNYDemocrats@gmail.com.

*Unquestionably qualified, as an attorney with almost 20 years of experience representing a wide variety of proceedings in the types of cases that come before a Town Court, Ms. Richardson has also been president of the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association, is a member of the Carmel Central School District Core Planning Committee and is the mother of two children. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, degree from Brooklyn College.

2017 Election Results

MAUREEN FLEMING was re-elected Kent Supervisor with 64.4% of the vote. ROBERT LANGLEY was elected Putnam County Sheriff with 49.7% of the vote. More results here.

Vote Row A – Tues., Nov. 7.

(Robert Langley, Phil Tolmach, Pamela Richardson, Maureen Fleming, Jason Makely, Stephen Papas)

The Kent Democratic Committee supports Maureen Fleming for Town Supervisor, Jason Makely and Stephen Papas for Town Board, Pamela Richardson for Town Justice, Christi J. Acker for State Supreme Court, Richard Othmer for Kent Highway Superintendent, Phil Tolmach for Putnam County Legislature District 3 and Robert Langley for Putnam County Sheriff.

Local Election Results and Plans Reported in Recent Email – 12/16/16


If you’ve read this far, you know the national results. Although Hillary Clinton is ahead by about 2,600,000 votes, because Article II of our constitution provides that the President shall be elected by electors from the respective states, Donald Trump is appointing his cabinet.

The New York State electors will vote next week for Clinton/Kaine who won in NY with 57.89% of the vote vs. 36.83% of the vote for Trump/Pence.

But in Putnam County, the Trump/Pence ticket carried 55.30% of the vote vs. 39.63% for Clinton/Kaine. (4.45% went to other parties or write-ins.)

Kent (except for the far west) was in line with the county results.

If you wish to see how your election district voted, LoHud has prepared an interactive map.

In other races, incumbents won, and challengers lost.

Senator Charles Schumer (D) was reelected with 66.9% of the statewide vote. He carried Putnam with 50.4% and Kent with 49%, proving you don’t need road signs to win an election.

Sean Patrick Maloney (D) carried the 18th Congressional District (which includes Orange County) with 28,089 more votes than his opponent, but was 725 votes under in Putnam and 96 votes under in Kent, better than in previous years.

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D) was reelected with 61.5% of the vote (which includes Northern Westchester) and carried Kent by 10 votes. Consider one of those votes as yours.

Although Terry Gipson (D) received 887 more votes in Kent than when he ran two years ago and 136 more votes than when he won four years ago, it was not enough to overcome the Trump turnout and State Senator Sue Serino (R) was reelected with 52.8% of the vote.

In Kent, 77% of registered voters voted. For comparison, 73% voted in the presidential election of 2012, 46% voted in the gubernatorial election of 2014 and 29% voted in the municipal election last fall.

Turnout by affiliation was 79% for Democrats, 81% for Republicans, 85% for Conservatives, 64% for Greens, 75% for Working Families, and 72% for voters who hadn’t chosen a party.

If you wish more information, Putnam results are here and NYS results are here.


The Kent Democratic Committee meets on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 pm in the Kent Firehouse on Route 301 to organize for 2017. We have twelve election districts in town, not all of them well-represented. We hope to field a full slate of candidates for the fall municipal elections. If we can successfully connect with even half of those who just voted, we could win in a landslide. The job of the committee – in case you’re thinking of it – is to meet more of our neighbors in each district, engage in more communal activities, to build bridges across the divide that exists. With your help, it can be done.


Many of you knocked on doors, hosted events, made calls, contributed funds, and voted. Although not all the results were the ones we sought, participation in a democracy can be its own enabling virtue. “Government of the people” means the government of you, me, and our neighbors. It is not easy, but it is better than the alternatives.

The Kent Committee wishes all a new year filled with successes beyond even what we can imagine.

James Shearwood, Chair, Kent NY Democratic Committee

We Support – 2016

The KENT DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE supported TERRY GIPSON for State Senate, SANDY GALEF for State Assembly, SEAN PATRICK MALONEY for Congress, CHARLES E. SCHUMER for United States Senator for NY, GINA CAPONE for Putnam County Judge and, at the top of the ticket, HILLARY CLINTON and TIM KAINE for President and Vice-President. With pride in all our candidates, we congratulate SANDY GALEF, SEAN PATRICK MALONEY and CHARLES E. SCHUMER on their convincing reelection victories.