IMPORTANT UPDATES DUE TO THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS:

ABSENTEE VOTING:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ANY eligible voter for the June Primary can vote by absentee.  The Board of Elections will be mailing ALL eligible voters an absentee application with a pre-paid postage return envelope. There is no need to request an application.  If you choose to vote by absentee because of COVID-19 concerns, please select the ‘Temporary Illness or physical disability’ box in Section 1 on the Absentee Ballot application and return to the Board of Elections in the return envelope.  Your ballot will be mailed to you with a pre-paid postage return envelope. You can also email your completed application to Rensselaer County BOE

If you choose to vote at the polls, please note the polling locations on the back of the application, as we have only one or two locations per city/town.  Three early voting locations will also be available.

VOTERS USING BALLOT MARKING DEVICE:

Voters who wish to vote using the Ballot Marking Device may do so beginning Monday, May 11th through Monday, June 22nd, during regular Board of Elections office hours at the Rensselaer County Government Building.  Voters will need to enter the building through the 3rd floor entrance and go through the screening process before being allowed to access the 1st floor voting machines.  It is recommended to please call the Board of Elections at 518-270-2990 before you come to the County building.

INSPECTOR CLASS UPDATE:

Rensselaer County has instituted several preventive measures within the County Office Building to safeguard our visitors and staff to the best of our ability in regards to COVID-19.  The Board of Election commissioners have decided to cancel all inspectors training classes until further notice.

You may also visit the Rensselaer County BOE Facebook Page for up-to-date information.

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

Primary Election – June 23, 2020 from 6 am – 9 pm
                Early Voting dates:  June 13 – June 21

General Election – November 3, 2020 from 6 am – 9 pm
                Early Voting dates:  October 24 – November 1

***Election Law Change***

The change of enrollment process has been amended by Chapter 316 of the Laws of 2019.  Under prior law, any change of enrollment was effective the Tuesday after the General Election.  As of September 26, 2019, a change of enrollment will take effect immediately the day it is filed.

The exception to this is a change of enrollment filed between February 15th and seven days after the June primary.   Changes of enrollment filed within this time period will take effect on the 7th day after the June primary.

The Chapter also eliminated the “sealed enrollment box” which means that any pending enrollment change during the February to June period is now publicly available information.

The objective of the Board of Elections is to insure that all qualified voters have the opportunity to exercise his/her right to vote in all elections held in Rensselaer County.

The Rensselaer County Board of Elections is comprised of two commissioners, each representing one of the two major political parties, and a full time staff of equal representation. The New York State Election Law mandates the Board’s responsibility of elections and related requirements. The Rensselaer County Board of Elections is responsible for all Federal, State, City and Town elections in Rensselaer County. Under present law, village and school district elections as well as fire, water, and other special district elections, do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Elections. We try hard to provide the most accurate information we are able.

Voter registration data in various forms and media is available to both the general public and candidates interested in running for an elected office. Interested parties should call the Board of Elections for further information and prices.

General Information:

Hours: 9am – 5pm
Phone: (518) 270-2990
Fax: (518) 270-2909
Location: Rensselaer County Office Building – 1st Floor