Board of Elections

Contact Information

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

                        2018 Election Dates                                  

JUNE                 Tuesday the 26th - Federal Primary

                         Noon-9pm for registered Democrats

SEPTEMBER       THURSDAY the 13th - State/Local Primary 

                       *held based on the number of petitions filed*


NOVEMBER        Tuesday the 6th - General

                            6am-9pm for all registered voters   


2018 Political Handbook


Online Voter Information - Click here to:

  • Check to see if you're actively registered to vote

  • Check your current party enrollment

  • View your elected officials                     


**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.


Changing Enrollment - Any registered voter may submit a change of enrollment, switching political parties or joining a political party at any time.  However, the change does not become effective until the Tuesday following the general election, provided it was received by the board at least twenty-five days before the general election (Election Law 5-304[3]).



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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**A change of enrollment request will not take effect immediately, but will be held until the upcoming November general election that occurs at least 25 days after the form is filed.  After that November general election, then, according to New York State Election Law 5-304[3], your change of enrollment will become effective.**



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**2018 Political Handbook**

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Important Dates

May 2018

May 3 - Certification of Federal primary ballot by State Board of Elections 

May 4 - Determination of candidates for Federal office by Monroe County Board of Elections

May 8 - First day to file independent nominating petitions for June Village Elections

May 9 - NYS Campaign Finance Seminar 9am-Noon, Training Service Center

May 12 - Date to transmit Military/Special Federal ballots for Federal Primary

May 14 - Delivery of voting machines to School Districts holding elections

May 15 - School District Elections 6am-9pm

May 15 - Last day to file independent nominating petitions for June Village Elections

May 15-June 5 - Dates for holding state committee meetings to nominate candidates for statewide offices

May 16 - Removal of voting machines from School Districts that held elections

May 16 - Ballot position draw at Monroe County Board of Elections for June Village Elections

May 22 - Last day for State & County party chairs to file a statement of party positions to be filled at the State Primary Election