Board of Elections

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

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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)

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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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Important Dates


May 4 - First day to file independent petitions for the Brockport Village Election.

May 12 - Last day to file independent petitions for the Brockport Village Election.

May 13 - Last day to file objections to independent petitions for the Brockport Village Election.

May 13 - Campaign Finance Seminar held at the Training Service Center 9am-Noon.

May 14 - Monroe County Board of Elections will proudly be participating in the United Way Day of Caring.

May 15 - Last day to file specific objections to independent petitions for the Brockport Village Election.

May 15 - Last day to accept/decline independent nominations for the Brockport Village Election.

May 18 - Last day to fill vacancy after a declination of an independent nomination for the Brockport Village Election.

May 19 - School District Elections (where applicable).

May 25 - Memorial Day (Board of Elections office closed).