HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING UPCOMING ELECTIONS?
The Governor has moved the upcoming special election for the 27th Congressional District, the Presidential primary election, and several other local races to June 23rd. On April 8, 2020, the Governor also announced that he would be issuing an executive order allowing all individuals to vote in the June 23rd election by absentee ballot. This option was already allowed in Erie County by order of the Erie County Board of Elections. As of April 21, 2020, New York State has decided to mail applications for absentee ballots to all voters without the need for voters to request them. These applications will be postage paid. Voters will need to return these applications in order to get an absentee ballot for the June 23rd election.
School board elections and budget votes for school districts that would have normally been held on the third Tuesday of May are now being held on June 9, 2020. All eligible voters will receive information in the mail regarding these votes, and will also receive absentee ballots from the school district to allow them to vote by mail.
The NYS Senate and Assembly special elections that were to be held on June 23, 2020 have been cancelled. These seats will be filled in the general election. Any village election scheduled to be held in March, April, May, or June will now be held on September 15, 2020.