; Cheryl Dinolfo, County Executive

Early Voting

Early Voting Comes to New York State

The 2019 General Election later this year will be the first time New Yorkers will experience Early Voting.  Early Voting will be available to all voters in Monroe County.  Early Voting centers will open beginning on October 26, 2019 and be open daily through November 3, 2019.  The hours will vary day to day, opening early some days and staying open later other days.  The current planned hours are listed below.  There will be seven voting centers in Monroe County this year.  Additional Early Voting centers might be added in the future.  Each year voting patterns will be evaluated and adjustments made to further accommodate voters.  Voters will be able to choose to vote at any site in the county.  Voters may choose to vote at an Early Voting center near their workplace or school instead of near their home.  The seven centers will be located across Monroe County based on population.  These centers need to be much larger than most Election Day district polling sites.  Since this is the first year of Early Voting, we have no previous history of voter patterns to draw on.  We are attempting to make each site flexible enough to accommodate larger or smaller numbers of voters as needed during the nine-day period.  New York State Board of Elections is working on detailed regulations that will provide guidelines on how the process will work.

You are likely to see new equipment at the Early Voting centers.  Electronic Poll Books (E-Poll Books), will be necessary to make sure voters can only vote once.  You will not be able to go to another center and cast a ballot or to your district site on Election Day.  The E-Poll Books will communicate via a secure network connection and only transmit non-personal information to update files.  Based on where a voter lives, the E-Poll Books will make sure each voter is given a ballot containing only the candidates they are authorized to vote for in their district.  The ballots will resemble ballots used at district polling sites for the past ten years.  Voters will complete their ballot and scan it through our regular scanners that are currently in use.  Additionally, ballot marking devices for voters who require assistance marking their ballot, along with well trained staff, will be available at all sites.

The legislation that was passed to implement Early Voting and provide for the use of E-Poll Books has several voter protections attached to it.  The State Board’s detailed regulations will build on those protections to make sure New York’s elections remain as secure as they always have been.  New York is recognized for its extensive procedures that ensure every vote is counted and counted accurately.

None of the votes cast at an Early Voting center will be counted until Election Day.  Standards for protecting ballots and memory cards are extensive.  A daily audit of each Early Voting center will be required to establish and ensure that records of both blank and cast ballots match the number of voters that use a center daily.

Affidavits (provisional ballots) available on Election Day will also be available at Early Voting centers to make sure everyone gets to complete a ballot even if for some reason they are not in our files.  Early Voting centers will function much like a normal polling site on Election Day but with more staff and heightened expertise.

Tracking of the number of voters and any wait times at each center will be important as we develop extensive information on voter patterns.  It will take time to learn which centers voters use and where they are coming from.  At first, some centers may be overwhelmed and others under utilized.  Our procedures will allow us to quickly expand a center while reducing staff at other centers.  Voters have every right to expect a quick and efficient experience at each site.  We will welcome comments both during the nine-day time frame that Early Voting centers are open and anytime afterward.  These comments, experiences and data regarding voter patterns will help make each election better.

We are excited with this major change in how people vote in our community.  We truly hope it will provide for a better voter experience and greater turnout, giving voters more options when and where they may vote.


Polling Sites

  • Greece Town Hall - 3 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY  14612
  • Ogden Town Hall - 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport, NY  14559
  • MCC Down Town Campus - 321 State Street, Rochester, NY  14608
  • Penfield Town Hall - 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY  14526
  • Marketplace Mall - 1 Miracle Mile Drive, Rochester, NY  14623
  • SUNY Empire State College - 680 Westfall Rd, Rochester, NY  14620
  • Ridge Culver Plaza (Formerly Fallas's Department Store) - 2255 East Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14622

Dates and Times early voting will be available

(Community input could modify some of these times)

  • 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Saturday October 26, 2019
  • 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Sunday October 27, 2019
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Monday October 28, 2019
  • Noon to 8:00 PM - Tuesday October 29, 2019
  • Noon to 8:00 PM - Wednesday October 30, 2019
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Thursday October 31, 2019
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Friday November 1, 2019
  • 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Saturday November 2, 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Sunday November 3, 2019

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