39 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Room 106 of the Monroe County Office Building
Hours: M-F 9 am-5 pm
Phone: (585) 753-1550
2023 Election Cycle Reports
- Printable Voter Registration Form - English
- Printable Voter Registration Form - Spanish
- Printable Absentee Ballot Application - English (For Accessible Electronic Application see below)
- Solicitud de Papeleta en Ausencia Español
- Printable Accessible Absentee Ballot Application (for voters with disabilities)
- Ballot Marking Instructions
- Voter Feedback Form
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 its 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 the Monroe County Legislature confirms their appointment. 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)
What is a Primary Election?
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, no primary is held if a race is uncontested.
A “Primary Election” is held on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in June before every general election unless otherwise changed by an act of the legislature. Polls are open for voting from 6 am 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 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 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.
Monroe County Downloadable GIS files
- LT/ED Boundaries Shapefile
- State Senate Boundaries Shapefile
- State Assembly Boundaries Shapefile
- County Legislature Boundaries Shapefile
- Rochester City Council Boundaries Shapefile
- Greece Ward Boundaries Shapefile
- Village Boundaries Shapefile
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.