Welcome to the Schenectady County Board of Elections website. We are a bipartisan agency responsible for all aspects of the electoral process, from voter registration to election results. We are dedicated to providing the information and education needed by our residents to become effective and empowered voters.
- Register to Vote
The deadline to register to vote for the June 22, 2021, Primary election is Friday, May 28, 2021.
Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight, May 28th and received by a board of elections no later than June 2, 2021 to be valid for the upcoming Primary election.
The voter registration form can be downloaded from the State Board’s website: www.elections.ny.gov. One can also register or find forms at most state and federal government offices including the local public library and US Post Office.
Sixteen and 17-year-olds can pre-register now, they will be eligible to vote in any election on or after their 18th birthday.
Persons who are unsure whether they are registered, wish to verify their current address or party enrollment, find out where to vote or how to get an absentee ballot, may look-up that information at the State Board’s website: www.elections.ny.gov.
- Running for Office
Offices to be filled at the 2021 General Election
- Poll Sites and District Maps
2021 Poll Sites - Primary and General Elections only, not for Early Voting
Municipal Election District Maps
- Vote Absentee
Request an Absentee Ballot
Executive Order 202.15 allows voters who are affected by COVID-19 pandemic and wish to apply to vote by absentee ballot to utilize the absentee ballot forms and check the box for “Temporary illness or physical disability” with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot. The Order contains no change in the application deadlines. Applications for absentee ballots may be made by online submission, mail, email, fax or in person.
Accessible Absentee Ballot Application
For the first time, New Yorkers with disabilities can vote in the privacy of their own homes with assistive technologies that will enable them to cast their ballots without the help of a family member or other person intruding on their right to a secret ballot. New York joins only a handful of states that offer accessible absentee ballots, including Michigan and Maryland.
A new, fully accessible absentee ballot application and absentee ballot delivery system is now available on the NYS Board of Elections website (www.elections.ny.gov) and can be accessed from the homepage, the "Absentee Voting" page and the "Meeting Voter Access Needs" page or at the direct link below.
Voters are required to file the new application as soon as possible, but no later than June 16th for the June 23rd Primary. The accessible ballot would be emailed to the voter who would use their own assistive technologies, such as a screen reader, a software program that enables a blind or visually impaired user to read and interact with the text that is displayed on their computer screen with a speech synthesizer, to independently mark their ballot. Learn more.
- Military and Overseas (Federal) Voting
Persons serving in the military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence.
- Poll Workers
The Schenectady County Board of Elections employs hundreds of poll workers on Election Day. Application Here!$35 for training $210 for serving as a poll worker on an Election or Primary Day (Hours are 5am-9:30pm)
Poll workers are responsible for performing a variety of tasks including: signing in voters, directing voters to their correct polling place, assisting voters that may need help voting and documenting information on appropriate forms. Bilingual individuals, speaking fluent English and Spanish, are also needed and encouraged to apply.
In order to serve as a poll worker you must be a registered voter, resident of Schenectady County and attend a two to three hour training session. Training sessions are scheduled at various times over the summer and fall. You can select the time that is most convenient for you. Day and night sessions are available.
You will be paid:
If interested in this position call 518-377-2469, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our Information Request form.
- $100-$130 for serving as a poll worker for Early Voting Day (hours vary)
There is a ballot marking device available for voters at the Schenectady County Board of Elections.
2696 Hamburg St.
Schenectady, NY 12303
The Board of Elections is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Primary Results
- General Election Results