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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.

Candidate Forums

See candidates debate the issues on our YouTube Channel. Participating candidates include those for Erie County Sheriff, Erie County Comptroller, East Aurora Town Council Amherst Town Council, and Amherst Supervisor.

Ballot Proposals

See Our Future is on the Ballot, a discussion of four of the ballot proposals we will be voting on in this election, presented in partnership with the NAACP and SANYS

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

New York State Board of Elections

Erie County Board of Elections Main page
134 W. Eagle Street,
Buffalo NY 14202
(716) 858-8891
fax (716) 858-8282

Niagara County Board of Elections Elections Page
111 Main Street, Suite 100,
Lockport NY 14094-3791
(716) 438-4040
fax (716) 438-4054

2021 VOTERS GUIDE
Voter Registration FAQ

General Election – Tuesday November 2, 2021

For whom/what will I be voting on in the 2021 election?

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?

Consult the COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY portion of this guide for the deadline

Where do I vote?

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:
    1. Absent from your county or (if a resident of New York City, absent from the five boroughs) on Election Day
    2. 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)
    3. Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
    4. A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
    5. 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?

What if I need help 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:


This Voters Guide is adapted from a print brochure prepared by the League of Women Voters of New York State with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.