RENSSELAER COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
1600 7th Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

Jason Schofield – Republican Commissioner
Edward G. McDonough – Democratic Commissioner

Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 9am-5pm
Phone: 518-270-2990
Fax: 518-270-2909
Email: RenscoBOE@rensco.com

Primary Election:  June 22, 2021
Poll are open 6am – 9pm

Early Voting for Primary Election: June 12 – June 20
Poll are open Sat & Sun 9-2,  Mon & Wed, 12-8, Tue, Thur, Fri 9-5

 General Election: November 2, 2021
Poll are open 6am – 9pm

Early Voting for General Election: October 23 – October 31
Poll are open Sat & Sun 9-2,  Mon & Wed, 12-8, Tue, Thur, Fri 9-5


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If you need to register, please download this Voter Registration Form

and mail or deliver to the Board of Elections.

If you have any questions or cannot confirm your information,

please call the Rensselaer County Board of Elections at 518-270-2990.

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE RENSSELAER COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS BY EDWARD MCDONOUGH, COMMISSIONER, AND JASON SCHOFIELD, COMMISSIONER

Early voting for the June 22, 2021 primary election in Rensselaer County will proceed as planned and as filed with the State Board of Elections, beginning June 12, 2021 through June 20, 2021.

With four early voting site options available in Rensselaer County, early voting for eligible voters will be widely accessible and provide every eligible voter with an opportunity to vote early in the 2021 primary election:

  • Holy Cross Armenian Church

(255 Spring Avenue, Troy)

  • Brunswick Town Office Building

(336 Town Office Road, Brunswick)

  • Schodack Town Hall

(265 Schuurman Road, Castleton)

(4)     In addition, an eligible voter may cast a vote at the County Board of Elections office located at the Rensselaer County Government Center (1600 Seventh Avenue, Troy)

Although the State Board of Elections maintains jurisdiction over the Board, since October of last year, the Board has received comments from, and communicated with, the State Attorney General with respect to the designation of sites for 2021 early voting. In particular, the Board offered the opportunity for representatives from the State Attorney General to tour potential early voting sites with the Board. However, the State Attorney General declined. Nevertheless, to address expressed concerns, the Board recently proposed a practical resolution for early voting sites for both the 2021 primary and general elections, but unfortunately the State Attorney General chose instead to continue litigation.

This week, the lower court refused to grant the State Attorney General’s request for temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctions, which would have eliminated all early voting sites in the County for 2021. We agree with the lower court; however, with that said, the opinion issued by the lower court requires a careful and thorough review by the Appellate Division. To that end, the Board is pleased that, yesterday, at the urging of the Board, the Appellate Division denied the interim relief sought by the State Attorney General, clearing the way for all eligible voters in the County to have the opportunity to vote early in the 2021 primary election as planned and as filed with the State Board of Elections.

To be clear, with respect to the designation of early voting sites for 2021, the Board believes that it complied with Election Law Section 8-600 and the corresponding regulation. Further, for early voting for the 2021 primary and general elections, and for the convenience of eligible County voters, the Board has exceeded minimum early requirements:

  • All eligible voters have access and the opportunity to vote at any time during a total of 246 hours at any one of the 4 sites, with 2 of the 4 locations in the City of Troy
  • The total of 246 hours exceeds the minimum number of 120 hours required under the Election Law
  • The total of 4 sites exceeds the minimum number of 2 sites required under the Election Law
  • The total of 2 sites within the City of Troy exceeds the minimum of 1 site required under the Election Law

Throughout, the Board has strived to ensure a bi-partisan, efficient and fair early voting process in compliance with Election Law 8-600, and the Board is committed to continuing to do so. For further information on early voting for the June 22, 2021 primary election, including polling site times, please visit the Board website at https://www.rensco.com/departments/board-of-elections/.