Board of Elections

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Thomas F. Ferrarese


Douglas E. French


Colleen Anderson
Deputy Commissioner


Nancy Leven
Deputy Commissioner


Board of Elections

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

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

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2018 Political Handbook


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.

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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.

**To vote in a primary election you must be currently registered in the constituted political party (Democratic, Republican, Conservative,  Green, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality or Reform) that is running the primary election.  If you choose to write-in a party or not enroll in a party, you will not be able to participate in a primary election.


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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Listing of Candidates for Public Office - November General Election 2018


  • 2018 General Election Tuesday, November 6th             6am-9pm


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  • ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING   A voter may qualify to vote by absentee ballot if their duties, occupation, business or vacation requires them to be absent from their county of residence on election day or if they will be confined by illness, physical disability or for some other reason either on a temporary or permanent basis.  You have until Nov. 5th to appear in person at the Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot for the 2018 General Election  Click here for more info.

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**2018 Political Handbook**

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2018 Offices to be Elected List

Important Dates

October 2018

Oct 1 - NYS Board of Elections certifies state/local General Election ballot 

Oct 2 - Last day to fill a vacancy after a declination of Judicial Convention nomination

Oct 2 - County Board of Elections certifies state/local ballot

Oct 5 - 32-day pre General Election financial disclosure reports due -

Oct 5 - Military absentee ballots to be mailed out

Oct 8 - Tentative date to have absentee ballots available

Oct 12 - Last day for Board of Elections to receive application for Special Federal Absentee Ballot if not previously registered

Oct 12 - Last day for Board of Elections to receive party change request (effective after General Election)

Oct 12 - Last day to post mark registration or register in person at the Board of Elections

Oct 23 - First day election inspectors working the November Election may vote absentee ballot at the Board of Elections

Oct 26 - 11-day pre General Election financial disclosure reports due

Oct 26 - Candidates may inspect voting machines

Oct 27 - Last day for Board of Elections to receive military absentee ballot application if not previously registered

Oct 27 - Last dy to register in person at Board of Elections if honorably discharged from military or become naturalized since Oct 12th

Oct 30 - Last day for Board of Elections to receive military/special federal absentee ballot application if previously registered

Oct 30 - Last day to postmark an absentee ballot application

Oct 31 - 2pm Public test of absentee ballot counter

*For a complete calendar visit the NYS Board of Elections website*