Let's Vote Safely!

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. We value the opportunity and protect the right to say "Hineini", "Here I am!", and to let our voices be heard. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to vote by mail or to vote safely in person. 

Scroll below for everything you need to know

Important Dates



  • June 9 - School Board Election (See section below for more information) 
  • June 16 - Last day for Board of Elections to receive Military or Special Federal Absentee Ballot application if already registered to vote 
  • June 16 - Last day to postmark an application for an Absentee Ballot 
  • June 22 - Last day to apply in person for an Absentee Ballot (includes Military or Special Federal) 
  • June 22 - Last day to postmark return an Absentee Ballot (includes Military or Special Federal) 
  • June 23 - Election Day (Presidential Primary/Special Election/Primary Election) 
  • June 23 - Last day to deliver an Absentee Ballot in person to the Board of Elections by 9:00PM 
  • June 30 - Last day Board of Elections can receive an Absentee Ballot postmarked by June 22 (includes Military or Special Federal) 
  • October 9 - Last day to postmark voter registration application in time for November election 
  • October 14 - Last day Board of Elections can receive voter registration application in time for November Elections 
  • November 3 - Election Day (2020 Presidential Election) 

School Budget and Board Elections


Monroe County school budget and board elections will take place on June 9. Voters will receive ballots by mail from the School Clerk of your local school district via the US Postal Service and ballots will include a postage paid envelope. 

Register to Vote

Are you already registered to vote? If so, you can skip this section. If not, please read below.  


While the deadline to register to vote in the June elections has passed, you can still register to vote in the November 3rd general election. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a Board of Elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election. You can find more information at https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingdeadlines.html

Absentee Voting (voting by mail) for 2020 Election


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no-excuse absentee voting has been instituted state-wide in New York to allow individuals to vote safely from home. The procedure for this process is simple: 


  1. If you are registered to vote, you should have received your Absentee Voter application from your County Board of Elections. To check the status of your voter registration, visit https://voterlookup.elections.ny.govIf you have not received your Absentee Voter application but are registered in your county, call the Monroe County Board of Elections at (585)753-1550. 
  2. If you would like to vote by absentee ballot, complete the application and check the box for temporary illness or disability as the reason and mail your application back to your Board of Elections. You can also fill out the absentee ballot application online at https://www2.monroecounty.gov/elections-absentee.phpThe last day to postmark your absentee ballot application is June 16. 
  3. You will then receive an absentee ballot in the mail. This will allow you to vote by mail for the June 23, 2020 primary/special election only. Your absentee ballot must be postmarked by June 22, and must be received by the local Board of Elections by June 30 

Voting in Person


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person voting remains an option, and will be executed safely by the Board of Elections. There are two ways to participate in in-person voting: 


  1. Early voting will take place at different times over the course of 9 days (June 13 to June 21) in Monroe county. You can read more about early voting, including locations, dates, and times of early voting facilities by visiting https://www2.monroecounty.gov/elections-earlyvoting.
  2. Election day voting will take place on June 23. To ensure safe voting, you will be assigned to one polling location, and will receive that information in a letter from the Board of Elections in the weeks before the election. If you do not receive a letter with your assigned polling location, please call the Board of Elections at (585)753-1550. In-person voting will be conducted through Polling Pads, as well as on paper ballots if requested. 


To help maintain safe voting practices for yourself and others, please wear a mask to your polling location. Maintain safe social distance and wash and sanitize your hands before and after voting.  


Remember that a vote at a polling location overrides an absentee ballot. 



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.

Using the Voting Machine


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.


Experiencing Problems on Election Day?


Call one of these hotlines:

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

Know Your Candidates


Check out BallotReady at https://www.ballotready.org or visit https://www.vote411.org, click on Find What’s on Your Ballot, and enter your address for an explanation of every candidate and referendum on your ballot before you vote. 


For a full list of Monroe County candidates for public office, click here: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/files 


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! 

Frequently Asked Questions




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.


You MUST wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.




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."


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safe voting practices, you can expect a longer than normal wait at polling locations.





Once you have recieved your assigned polling location, if your letter does not share accessability information you can contact Monroe county Board of Elections mcboe@monroecounty.gov or call (585)753-1550 to confrim your location is accessible.



You can help by encouraging others to vote and by sharing this page to social media and with friends and family! You can also help by registering voters.



Additional Resources


For more information, voter education, and candidate forums, check out:


League of Women Voters, Rochester - https://www.lwv-rma.org  

League of Women Voters, National - https://www.lwv.org 

National Council of Jewish Women, Rochester - http://www.ncjwgrs.org 

Federal Election Commission - https://www.fec.gov 

NYS Board of Elections - https://www.elections.ny.gov 

Federal Voting Assistance Program - https://www.fvap.gov