Countdown to Election Day 2021 lists Election Dates and Deadlines
Part II of this Voters Guide has resources on the 5 ballot proposals that will be on the ballot this November.
The League of Women Voters of Buffalo-Niagara is hosting a Candidate Forum in Amherst on October 22: see the event listing on the front page for more information.
See our forum from October 13 featuring candidates for Erie County Sheriff, Erie County Comptroller, and East Aurora Town Council
The New York State Board of Elections has posted summaries and the actual legal text of each amendment to their web site.
State and County Boards of Elections
Erie County Board of Elections Main page
134 W. Eagle Street,
Buffalo NY 14202
fax (716) 858-8282
Niagara County Board of Elections Elections Page
111 Main Street, Suite 100,
Lockport NY 14094-3791
fax (716) 438-4054
2021 VOTERS GUIDE
Part I: Facts For Voters
General Election – Tuesday November 2, 2021
For whom/what will I be voting on in the 2021 election?
- Some village, town, or county positions
Offices to be elected in Erie County
Offices to be elected in Niagara County
- State ballot proposals and constitutional amendments on voting and redistricting
- Some local ballot proposals
- Go to www.vote411.org for all ballot info
Who can vote?
To vote you must:
- be a United States citizen
- be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote (16 and 17 year olds may pre-register)
- live at your present address at least 30 days before an election
- not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
- if on parole, need to have been given a conditional pardon to be able to vote
- not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere
- be registered to vote
In New York State, before you can vote you need to register
How do I register?
- Online through NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website: (must have a valid NYS driver’s license, Learner Permit or Non-Driver ID)
- In-person on any business day at your county Board of Elections (BOEs) or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act (including State University and City University campuses)
- By mail by completing a voter registration form available at BOEs, libraries, town halls, post offices and the League of Women Voters
Your registration is permanent but you must fill out a new Voter Registration Form if you change your name, move, or want to change your political party.
How do I make sure I am registered to vote?
- Visit Voter Registration Search site on the NYS Board of Elections
You can check your voter registration Status online in Erie County
- Call your county BOE
Consult the COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY portion of this guide for the deadline
Where do I vote?
- Check postcard sent by county BOE prior to election with polling site location, dates of election and more
- Visit Voter Registration Search site on the NYS Board of Elections website
- For Days of Early Voting (October 23-31)
early voting locations in Erie County
early voting locations in Niagara County
- For Election Day voting (November 2)
find your traditional polling place in Erie County
find your traditional polling place in Niagara County
- Call your county BOE
- Visit www.vote411.org
Three ways to vote
- Vote in person on primary or election day at assigned polling place
- Submit absentee ballot application and vote by absentee ballot
- Vote early in person during nine days leading up to election days at any of the early voting polling places
How do I vote by absentee ballot?
- Meet one of the qualifications:
- 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 (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19)
- Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
- A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
- Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony
- Complete and mail absentee ballot application to your county BOE office or apply for an absentee ballot online
How do I return my absentee ballot?
Return your completed absentee ballot no later than November 2, 2021
- If you return your absentee ballot by mail, make sure it is postmarked no later than November 2
- You may deliver your absentee ballot in person
- to your County Board of Elections Office anytime -- up to and including the day of November 2 (but not later)
- to any early voting poll site between the hours of 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. from October 23 - October 31
- to any General Election Day polling site between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on November 2
Do I need identification to vote?
- NO! Your signature is your identification to vote.
- First time voters may be asked for ID, such as a driver’s license, lease or utility bill.
Where do I find ballot and candidate information?
- Go to www.vote411.org, the League’s electronic voter guide
- To learn more about the five State ballot proposals and constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot this November, go to Part II of the 2021 VOTERS GUIDE
Voter issues on Election Day?
Call one of these Election Protection Hotlines
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287)
- Asian multilingual assistance: 1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
- en Español: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)
- English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
- 866-OUR-VOTE isn't just for issues on election day -- they'll answer your questions by phone or text anytime and they have information online, too.
More resources on voting:
- Part II of this Voters Guide has resources on the five ballot proposals that will be on the ballot this November.
- The League of Women Voters of New York has an excellent Voting & Election Information in New York State page; this Voters Guide is adapted from their 2021 Voters Guide (PDF format).
- You will find a comprehensive Erie County Vote 2021 page at the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council
- Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that connects citizens to one another to increase voter turnout and voter registration
- The NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs has a collection of Disability Resources on Voting that appear to be curated by an algorithm.
- Find your personalized Voter Guide from the League of Women Voters at vote411.org