The Saratoga County Board of Elections is a bipartisan department vested with the responsibility for administration of elections in Saratoga County. In addition to administrative duties, the Board is charged with the preservation of citizen confidence in the democratic process and enhancement of voter participation.
2021 Primary Election: June 22, 2021
2021 General Election: November 2, 2021
Notice to Voters:
Deadline Extended for Party Changes: Pursuant to a new Executive Order (EO 202.94), the deadline to change your political party affiliation has been extended to February 16th. Forms must be physically received by your County Board of Elections by close of business on February 16th. Postmarks do not matter. To submit a party change online through DMV, the deadline is midnight, February 15th. Changes received on or after February 17th will take effect June 29, 2021.
Party Status: In order to achieve political party status with an official ballot line in New York State, certain party candidates must meet certain vote thresholds. Due to the outcome of the 2020 General Election, the political parties that now remain in New York State are Democratic, Republican, Conservative, and Working Families. If you were previously registered with the Green, Libertarian, Independence, or SAM party, you are now considered No Party (NOP). All registered voters are eligible to vote in the November General Election; however, No Party voters are not eligible to vote in any Primary Elections. If you wish to remain No Party, there is nothing further you need to do. If you wish to enroll any one of the remaining parties, you must fill out a voter registration form and submit it to your County Board of Elections before February 14, 2021.
Election mail does not get forwarded. Be sure to provide your direct mailing address for your absentee ballot or it will be returned back to the BOE.
If you are dropping your absentee ballot off in-person, you do not need a stamp. If you are mailing your absentee ballot, only one stamp is required.
You do not need to return your absentee ballot if you wish to vote in-person.
In order to check on the status of your absentee ballot, you must call the BOE and ask.
Click here for our poll site policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you are a voter with special needs, you may apply for an Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot: Click here for an Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot Application
2021 Important Deadlines:
Registering to vote for the first time: May 28
Submit an address change: June 2
Change your political party: February 14
Submit an absentee ballot application by mail: June 15
Submit an absentee ballot application in-person: June 21
Return your voted absentee ballot by mail: Postmarked by June 22; BOE must receive your ballot by June 29
Return your voted absentee ballot in-person: June 22 by close of polls at 9pm
Registering to vote for the first time: October 8
Submit an address change: October 13
Submit an absentee ballot application by mail: Postmarked by October 26
Submit an absentee ballot application in-person: November 1
Return your voted absentee ballot by mail: Postmarked by November 2; BOE must receive your ballot by November 9
Return your voted absentee ballot in-person: November 2 by close of polls at 9pm
SARATOGA COUNTY – CALL FIRST!
If you believe you have been exposed or that you have symptoms of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), CALL YOUR DOCTOR. Please do not walk in to your doctor’s office or to the Emergency Room and risk exposing the staff and other patients. If you arrive to Saratoga Hospital, you will be directed to a safe entry at a nearby testing location.
For all other questions, call:
NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Saratoga County Public Health Services:
24-hour emergency line: 518-584-7460
Starting in 2020, polls will be open statewide from 6am to 9pm for all elections.
Party changes now take effect immediately through February 14th. Changes submitted to the Board of Elections between February 14th and the June Primary Election will not take effect until a week after the June Primary.
Starting with the 2019 General Election, all counties will begin using Electronic Poll Books. You will now sign-in on an iPad instead of the paper poll book.