The Board of Elections ensures the integrity of voter registration and elections in Albany County.
Voter registration and elections in Albany County will be conducted honestly and efficiently.
- Conduct all elections held within Albany County in a fair, honest and professional manner in compliance with the mandates of the New York State Election Law.
- Ensure that all voter registration applications are processed in a timely manner and recorded fully and accurately in Election Day poll ledgers.
- Intensify the existing Voter Outreach Program to encourage 25% greater voter participation and the registration of all eligible non-voters.
- Incorporate technical advances into election operations as permitted by law.
- With the introduction of a new computer system in 1998, more accurately track and compile the different voter registration categories that must be reported to the New York State Board of Elections.
The Albany County Board of Elections was established and is mandated by Section 3-200 of the New York State Election Law.
- Support and oversee election operations for both primary and general elections.
- Support school board, fire district, village and special elections throughout Albany County.
- Promote and oversee the registration of eligible voters within Albany County and provide registration assistance to eligible voters outside the County.
- Review registrations to ensure that voters’ addresses reflect actual residency.
- Conduct annual seminars and examinations, as required by law, related to election procedures and technology for approximately 1,400 election inspectors and ballot clerks.
- Provide informational support to candidates, political units, public entities and the general public.
The Board’s operations are supervised by two Commissioners, each representing one of the two major political parties in New York State. Commissioners are nominated by majority vote of the County Committees of their respective political parties and are confirmed by vote of the County Legislature. Section 3-300 of the New York State Election Law requires equal representation of the two major political parties in the appointment of Board employees.