How You Can Vote
Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot:
- Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
- Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability.
- Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
- A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
- In jail or prison for any reason other than a felony conviction. This includes anyone who is awaiting grand jury action, awaiting trial, or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor.
How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot:
- Fill out and send in the Absentee Application form
- Apply on line at NY State Absentee Ballot Application portal
- If you are visually impaired and require a ballot with accessible features you may apply using the online Accessible Absentee Ballot Application portal
- You may designate another person to deliver your application in-person to the Board of Elections office:
- 74 Ontario Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424, 9 am – 5 pm
- Military and Overseas Voters
Deadline: (for the November 7, 2023 General Election)
- By mail or on line: October 23, 2023
- In Person: November 6, 2023
Check the Status of Your Absentee Ballot:
- You can check on your ballot via the NYS BOE portal. (Scroll to bottom of report screen.)
What Is Early Voting?
Early Voting is nine days of voting, prior to Election Day, for you to vote at any of our three Early Voting sites.
Who Can Vote Early?
All registered voters in Ontario County.
How Will I Vote During Early Voting?
Voting early is the same as voting on Election Day. When you arrive at the Early Voting site, you will check in, receive your ballot and cast it on the voting machine.
There will be instructions available at the voting site along with sample ballots and notice to voters. You may ask election inspectors to explain how to vote or, if you need assistance.
How Do I Vote on Election Day?
When you arrive at your assigned poll site, you will check in, receive your blank paper ballot, mark your choices on it and then cast your ballot on the voting machine.
There will be instructions available at the poll site along with sample ballots and notice to voters. You may ask election inspectors to explain how to vote or if you need assistance.
Where Do I Vote on Election Day?
You must vote at your assigned poll site on Election Day.
When Are Election Results Available?
After the polls close at 9 PM, unofficial contest results are posted on our website as returns are received from poll sites.
Official contest results become available a few weeks later after all ballots are canvassed and post-election audits are finished.