Board of Elections

Contact Information

Thomas F. Ferrarese


David Van Varick



Douglas E. French
Deputy Commissioner


Colleen Anderson
Deputy Commissioner


Board of Elections

106 and 108 County Office Building
39 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614

Voter Feedback Form

Phone: 585 753-1550
Fax: 585 753-1511

Friday, August 19th was the last day to deliver in person or postmark a voter registration form to be eligible to vote in the September 13th State/Local Primary Election if you were not previously registered.


NOTICE:**Any registered voter who submitted a party change after October 9, 2015 will not have their party change implemented until after the November 8, 2016 General Election per NYS Election Law (5-304) and therefore cannot vote in any Primary Election of that new party choice prior to that.


Online Voter Information

Click here to:

  • Check to see if you're actively registered to vote
  • Check your party enrollment
  • Check your polling site location
  • View your ballot

The Board of Elections Needs People to Work as Election Inspectors for the November 8th, 2016 Presidential General Election! (learn more)


Administering Elections In Monroe County

The Board of Elections Department of Monroe County is responsible for administering all aspects of elections in Monroe County to maintain and facilitate participation in a democratic system of government. The Monroe County Board of Elections conducts all national, state, county, city and town elections. The structure of this agency, its responsibilities and duties are mandated by New York State Election Law. Guidelines for procedures are provided by the rules and regulations defined by the New York State Board of Elections.

The Monroe County Board of Elections is administered by two Commissioners of Elections who serve four year terms. The Commissioners are elected by the county committees of each political party and their appointment is confirmed by the Monroe County Legislature. The Commissioners, each assisted by a Deputy Commissioner and a full-time staff (with equal representation of Democrats and Republicans) provide the technical, clerical, and mechanical skills necessary to provide services; bilingual assistance; information and statistical data to county legislators, other county departments, governmental agencies and to the public.

New York State Board of Elections

40 North Pearl Street, Suite 5
Albany, New York 12207-2729
Phone: 518 474-6220
TTY: Call the New York State Relay 711 (Hearing Impaired)

Visit the New York State Board of Elections.

Click here for Board of Elections materials available to purchase


Elections Defined

What is a Primary Election?

Picture of US Capitol Building.A “Primary Election” is one in which only enrolled members of a party may vote for the purpose of nominating party candidates and electing party officers. In any election district, if a race is uncontested, no primary is held.

A “Primary Election” is held on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September before every general election unless otherwise changed by an act of the legislature. Polls are open for voting from Noon until 9:00 p.m.

The board of elections canvasses the returns of the primary elections as early as possible within nine days from the day upon which the primary election is held. The board tabulates the number of votes cast for all the candidates for nomination to each public office or for election to a party position, and the number of votes cast for each such candidate. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be the nominee of his party in the general election for such office or will be elected to a party position.

What is a General Election?

A “General Election” is an election that is being held throughout the state or country on the same day. The most prominent example is the Presidential election held every four years. Examples of statewide general elections include the races for the New York State Governor and New York State Senators.

Picture of Greece Map after redistricting.Monroe County Voting District Maps 

The Board of Elections is now able to provide voters and the community with high quality, full color maps. All district maps are available for purchase at the Board of Elections office, however, some are also available for viewing online (see below).

Visit the New York State Board of Elections for maps encompassing state and/or federal jurisdictions.

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Get All Your Important Voter Information In One Place!

Use our new Online Voter Information to find your polling place, view your voter registration information and see all your elected officials.

Important Dates


Aug. 5 - Last day to accept or decline Federal independent nomination

Aug. 8 - NYS Board of Elections to certify state/local primary election ballot

Aug. 8 - Last day to fill a vacancy after declination of a Federal independent nomination

Aug. 11 - State/local primary election absentee ballots available

Aug. 12 - 32-day pre-primary campaign financial disclosure reports

Aug. 16-23 - Dates for filing independent nominating petitions for state/local offices

Aug. 19 - Last day to postmark or deliver in person a voter registration to be eligible for the state/local primary election

Aug. 19 - Last day for Board of Elections to receive military application for state/local primary election absentee ballot if not previously registered

Aug. 24 - Last day to change an address for the state/local primary election

Aug. 26 - Last day to accept/decline Federal independent nomination

Aug. 26 - Last day to accept/decline independent nomination for state/local offices

Aug. 29 - Last day to fill a vacancy after a declination of an independent nominating petition for state/local office

Aug. 30 - Election inspectors may vote absentee at the Board of Elections

Click here for the Official NYS Board of Elections 2016 Calendar