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In Monroe County, depending on your party and your address, you might need to vote on one, two or three separate paper ballots. We have heard from some early voters that at the early voting sites, to get more than one ballot, voters must check in at more than one table and request it, and that the staff is not volunteering this information to voters.

What are the three ballots?

  1. People registered as Democrats have a presidential primary. This (along with choosing delegates to the Democratic convention) is the only race on one ballot.
  2. People registered as Democrats also have local primaries, including for County Clerk, and some judicial races, and depending where they live, may have primaries for their Assembly and state Senate representatives. All primaries for state and local races are on one primary ballot.
  3. Residents of the 27th Congressional District have a special election for that seat, and Republicans in that district have a primary for the next term for that seat.
  4. There are a few primaries for the judicial seats for some of the smaller parties, including Working Families Party, Green Party, Libertarian, Conservative and Independence parties. There are a few other primaries in some towns.

How do I Find Out What Races I Can Vote In?

The LWV has a website to help voters prepare to vote at Vote411.org. You will be asked to input your address and party and it will show you a list of all races that you are eligible to vote for, along with information on the candidates.

Share Your Experience with Absentee Voting

The League of Women Voters of New York is tracking people's experience with absentee voting in this year when numbers far exceed any other year. Please take our survey to share your experience. The results will help inform our lobbying between now and November to prepare for the general election. Take the survey. There are questions on applying for an absentee ballot, even if you never received it.

VOTE411, the League of Women Voters voter information website, has information on all the races that will appear on your primary ballot. Just go to www.vote411.org and enter your address. You will see all the offices – federal, state, county and town – and the candidates running for each. The majority of candidates have provided responses to the questions posed to them by the League.

Candidate Forums are a League tradition. This year, with candidates unable to meet with voters in-person, they are more important than ever in helping voters cast an informed vote. We are co-hosting the following forums:
Co-sponsored with WROC-TV8 and the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority:

With the 19th Ward Community Association

  • Monday, June 8 at 7pm - 61st Senate District Democratic primary with candidates Jacqualine Berger and Kim Smith. Watch the video of the debate here:
  • 137th Assembly District Democratic primary forum was canceled because although Demond Meeks accepted the invitation, the other three candidates did not reply.
  • 61st Senate District Independence primary was canceled because neither candidate replied.

With the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority:

Not sponsored by the League, WROC-TV8 and WIVB (Buffalo) will be hosting a debate for candidates in the Special Election for the 27th C.D.  live on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm and posted on www.rochesterfirst.com.

Check out new LWV videos for voters! Share them with your friends. Share them on Facebook. Like them on YouTube.


For more election information, visit our Voter Information page

Our own YouTube channel

The League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area proudly announces that we have our own YouTube channel where you can view our past forums.

Podcasts of our forum panelists on Connections with Evan Dawson on WXXI-1370 FM are available.

Click here for links to the available videos and podcasts of our forums.


The League is a nonpartisan, political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is NOT limited to women — men can join in Making Democracy Work as well.

Newsletter - The Voter

You can read the current Voter of the League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area here and of the League of Women Voters of New York State here.



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