Oswego County Board of Elections
NOTICE - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYS has made scheduling and procedural changes to the coming elections as follows-
State, Local and Presidential Primaries : Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 6AM-9PM
NOTE: all persons eligible to vote in any Primary races will have the following voting options-
Election Day - in person at your designated polling location
Early Voting - beginning 10 days prior to Election Day, eligible voters may vote during designated times at the Oswego County Board of Elections. For the schedule of early voting dates and times, click here.
Absentee Ballot - due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone who does not wish to vote in person will be permitted to vote Absentee; all eligible voters will be mailed an Absentee Ballot Application and a postage paid return envelope. Voters wishing to cast their ballot Absentee must return the completed application to the Board of Elections or call/email our office by June 16, 2020 to request a ballot. Upon receipt of this application or request, a ballot will be mailed to the voter once it becomes available. All applications received through this mailing will apply only to the June 23, 2020 election. Voters who are already designated "Permanent Absentee", voters who have already submitted an application for "Temporary Absentee" for the June Primary Election and voters who prefer to vote in person may disregard this application.
SPECIAL NEEDS - voters who would like or need help voting their ballot using the Ballot Marking Device voting machine (with use of headphone instructions and/or use of a Braille friendly device) may do so at every site on or before Election Day
The Oswego County Board of Elections is created under Article 2-8 of the New York State Constitution and New York State Election Law Sec 3-200 as a bipartisan and mandated agency vested with the responsibility for administration and enforcement of all election laws in Oswego County which includes the administration of all federal, state, city, and town elections. In addition the board is responsible for the implantation of the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
New York State Election Law mandates the structure of the board and its responsibilities and duties. Guidelines for procedures are provided by the rules and regulations defined by the New York State Board of Elections.
The Oswego County Board of Elections is authorized by New York State Law and is responsible for the ownership, maintenance, set-up, delivery, and pick-up of all voting machines, payment of voting machine custodians, election inspectors, poll clerks and election coordinators; responsible for the creation, consolidation, division and alteration of election districts and for the selection of polling sites in Oswego County.
The board insures that all eligible county citizens are offered an opportunity to register and vote: to maintain a complete and accurate permanent voter file of all the registered voters in Oswego County and to insure that the integrity of the balloting process is maintained. In addition the board oversees campaign finance law and has the power to issue subpoenas in connection with voter registration investigations.
The board employs an office of eight, ten part-time voting machine custodians, and approximately 440 election inspectors and alternates. The board operates a main office and a voting machine warehouse to provide voting machines, support, and services to 110 election districts and 35 poll sites.