The Board of Elections is responsible for the maintenance of over 54,000 voter registration files. You should apply to register if you are not currently registered, have moved to a new address or have not voted in an election since 2020.
November 7, 2023 General Election Deadlines
MAIL REGISTRATION - Applications must be received by the board of elections no later than October 28, 2023 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION - You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 28, 2023.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS - Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 23, 2023 by the Board of Elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.
ABSENTEE APPLICATION - Your application for an absentee ballot must be RECEIVED by mail, telefax, or through the absentee request portal by October 23, 2023. The last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot is November 6, 2023. The last day to postmark your ballot is November 7, 2023 and it must be received by your local Board of Elections no later than November 14, 2023. Military Voter Ballots must be received no lather than November 20, 2023.
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.