On August 20, 2020 NYS Election Law was amended to define the term "illness" for the purposes of absentee voting. It includes instances where a voter is unable to appear personally at the polling place of the election district in which they are qualified voter because there is a risk of contracting or spreading a disease causing illness to the voter or to other members of the public.
You may apply for an absentee ballot under temporary illness if you wish to avoid voting in person because of COVID-19 concerns. You may request an absentee ballot through an application in the mail/email, through an email that includes your name, date of birth, reason you are requesting, address you are registered at and the address where you wish to receive your ballot, by faxing an application to (716)938-2775 or by utilizing the state portal to request an absentee ballot for the November 3rd General Election.
If you have questions contact the Board of Elections at (716)938-2400.
A voter may be eligible for an absentee ballot if he/she is absent from the county on Election Day, temporarily ill or physically disabled, permanently ill or physically disabled, have duties related to the care of one of more individuals who are ill or physically disabled, a patient or inmate in a Veterans' Administration Hospital, an inmate awaiting trial or in prison for a conviction of a crime or offense which was not a felony.
Absentee ballots will be sent to voters starting September 18th, please submit your request as early as possible if you fall under the above guidelines.
Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 (received no later than November 10, 2020) or dropped off at the Board of Elections office, at one of our Early Voting sites or at any of Cattaraugus County's 52 polling sites on November 3, 2020.
In person voting will continue at your assigned poll site. If you have questions contact the Board of Elections at (716)938-2400.
Early Voting poll site information can be found under the Early Voting tab. If you have questions contact the Board of Elections at (716)938-2400.
Make sure your vote counts!
These notices explain how to make sure your vote counts and how to avoid over votes (filling in too many ovals) and double votes (voting more than once for the same candidate). Read the Notice concerning overvotes and double votes.
About the Board of Elections
The Board of Elections is responsible for the maintenance of over 54,000 voter registration files. The records are maintained on a computerized central file. In addition to applying by mail, qualified individuals can register to vote at the Board of Elections office in Little Valley, and at local polling places on local registration days. The Board processes approximately 4,000 new registration applications annually.
You should apply to register if you are not currently registered or have moved to a new address.
The Board of Elections is directed by the New York State Election Law in the conduct of elections. The ballot is prepared and distributed by this Board. Persons who are unable to appear personally at the polls due to absence from the County, illness or permanent disability may apply for an absentee ballot. Every effort has been made to have polling places throughout Cattaraugus County handicap accessible. All ballots, paper and machine votes are re-canvassed by the Commissioners. The results are certified and the duly elected officials are notified.