Over the years, New York courts have issued a number of rulings affirming the rights of second home owners to vote where they have a second home if they have ties to that community. It’s been controversial, and he interpretation of “residence” for voting purposes has been a bit of a gray area. In 2013, a number of residents of a seasonal bungalow colony in the Town of Cochecton registered to vote and voted in a local election. The town supervisor went to court to challenge those votes on the basis that they were only summer residents. The Sullivan County Supreme Court sided with the town, and disallowed the votes. The voters appealed to the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, which overruled the lower court ruling, essentially establishing the rights of summer residents to vote where their heart is.