Get ready to vote in the general election for federal, state, and local offices on Tuesday, November 6. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Oct 12 – last day to register to vote in person or to postmark a mailed-in registration form
- Oct 30 – last day to postmark an absentee ballot application
Don’t Know if You’re Registered to Vote or Where to Vote?
Use Monroe County’s Online Voter site to find out if you are registered to vote, where you vote, the candidates for which you will be voting (sample ballots are not yet available, but will be soon), to change your voting information (e.g., change your address if you’ve moved), and to request an absentee ballot.
Another great resource is Everything You Need to Know to Vote.
How to Register to Vote
The Monroe County Online Voter site can also be used if you need to register to vote (see the tab entitled “Register To Vote”).
You will be taken to copy of the voter registration form that you can fill out and mail in. If you are registering in Monroe County, the mailing address is Monroe County Board of Elections, 39 Main St. W., Rochester, NY 14614. Mailing addresses for the Boards of Elections in other counties are on the form itself. Your voter registration form must be postmarked no later than Oct. 12.
Click here to register online at the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Web site, if you have a New York driver’s license, learner’s permit, or a non-driver identification card. Here’s the link to use:
Eligibility to Vote
You must be a United States citizen to register to vote.
The minimum age for voting is 18 at the time of the election, so you may register if you are not yet 18 but will turn 18 before the election in which you wish to vote. So, for example, if you want to vote in the primary on September 13, you can register even if you’re only 17 as long as you will turn 18 by September 13. Similarly, you may register for the general election even if you’re now 17 as long as you will turn 18 by November 6. You do, of course, have to register by the appropriate registration deadlines specified above.
If you are convicted felon, you are eligible to register to vote once you have completed your sentence including probation.
Who are the Democrats the Ballot?
- Andrew Cuomo (Governor)
- Kathy Hochul (Lieutenant Governor)
- Tish James (Attorney General)
- Thomas DiNapoli (Comptroller)
- Christopher Ciaccio (Supreme Court Judge)
- Patricia Gallaher (Supreme Court Judge)
Mr. Ciaccio and Ms. Gallaher are not running against each other as there are two openings on the Supreme Court so you may vote for both candidates.
Local level (including representatives to the New York State Senate and the Assembly)
Ms. Reid and Ms. Shepard are not running against each other as there are two openings on the Family Court so you may vote for both candidates.
Other candidates will vary depending on where you live. Click here to check your ballot as we get closer to the election date.
The Monroe County Board of Elections has a complete list of all candidates running in Monroe County in all parties for any elected office.
Where can I get Information about the Candidates?
Most candidates have Web sites where you can learn more about them. Do an Internet search using the candidate’s name to find their Web site.
In addition, a number of non-partisan groups offer candidate information. Examples are:
• The League of Women Voters – New York state
• The League of Women Voters (Rochester chapter)
• Ballotpedia, an encyclopedia of American politics and elections