As a part of our Community Relations work at the Jewish Federation, we embrace the opportunity to engage with our political system as a tool for pursuing justice and repairing the world. In that spirit, we encourage you to get out and vote. Here is some information to help get you started.
The free Monroe County Board of Elections Online Voter Application tool is a useful site for various needs. Check to see if you're registered, find your polling site, apply for an absentee ballot and learn more about the candidates in your district by using this quick and easy tool.
Visit Monroe County's official website for more information.
Monroe County uses the ImageCast voting machine that is equipped to accommodate voters with disabilities. These are the steps you will take to cast your ballot:
After signing in, an Inspector will give you a preprinted ballot containing all of the candidate's names
You will be directed to a privacy booth where you will mark your ballot with a special pen
After being marked, place your ballot into a privacy sleeve and take it to the voting machine
Insert your marked paper ballot into the voting machine to cast your vote
Return the privacy sleeve to one of the Inspectors at the polling site
Once the above steps are complete, you have sucessfully cast your ballot!
If you experience any trouble, an Inspector at your polling site will be happy to show you how to use the voting machine.
Click here for more information regarding the voting machine.
Click here for a video demonstration.
For a full list of Monroe County candidates for public office, click here.
Be sure to mark your ballot correctly! In some elections, a candidate may be listed under more than one party. DO NOT fill in more than one oval for the same candidate!
Volunteer to help others vote! To volunteer to register voters, visit the Rochester Voter Alliance's website and sign up with opportunities available from August 1st to October 6th. Each shift is usually 2 hours long. You can also help by driving senior citizens, those without cars, or family and friends to polls on Election Day.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE POLLING SITE?
Be sure to bring your ID when voting for the first time. After voting for the first time, you do not need to bring anything with you. However, Monroe County suggests bringing your license in case the inspectors needs to verify your identification in the event of a name change or if your signature is not on file.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE POLLING SITE?
According to Monroe County's official website:
"When you enter the polling site, you will see tables and voting machines for one or more election districts. At the table for your Election District you will be asked to sign next to a copy of your original signature on an alphabetically digitized poll list."
ARE POLLING SITES ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES?
Visit this website and type in your information to find your polling site. Underneath the address of your polling site, it will say if the site has the proper accommodations. Contact the Monroe County Board of Elections at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585)753-1550 for more information.
I AM ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE! HOW CAN I HELP OTHERS?
You can help by registering voters. To volunteer, visit the Rochester Voter Alliance's website.
You can also help by driving senior citizens, those without cars, or family and friends to polls on Election Day.
For more answers to Frequenty Asked Questions, visit Monroe County's website.