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Board of Elections

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.

Certified 2020 Election Results


Absentee Drop Boxes
Individuals returning voted absentee ballots do not need to wait in line to return a ballot.  Placed at the Board of Election and each poll site during early voting and on election day will be a labeled box to receive absentee ballots. Additionally, there will be a sign placed on the door directing voters to utilize the drop box. 
Please contact us with any questions or if we can be of further assistance


Register to Vote

Register to Vote with the New York State Board of Elections.

Find your Polling Place

Early Voting

Voters can vote in-person before Election Day at designated voting sites in Schenectady County.  All registered voters can vote early, but please know that if you vote during the early voting period, you are not eligible to vote on Election Day.

Early Voting run from October 24th through November 1st,2020

Locations:

Hon. Karen B. Johnson Library
Central Branch, 99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

South Schenectady Fire Department
6 Old Mariaville Road
Rotterdam, NY 12306

Glenville Senior Center
32 Worden Road
Glenville, NY 12302

Niskayuna Town Hall
1 Niskayuna Circle
Niskayuna, NY 12309

Dates & Times:

General Election

Saturday, October, 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday. November 1, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
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.

NYS Board of Elections Absentee Voting Website

Online Absentee Ballot Request

Print Forms:
English
Spanish

Check Absentee Application Status

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.

NYS Board of Elections website

Accessible Absentee Ballot Application

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! 

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:

$35 for training $210 for serving as a poll worker on an Election or Primary Day (Hours are 5am-9:30pm)

 

If interested in this position call 518-377-2469, email pollworker@schenectadycounty.com, or use our Information Request form.

  • $100-$130 for serving as a poll worker for Early Voting Day (hours vary)

Voting Accessibility

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.