Welcome to the
Onondaga County Board of Elections
There are 62 Boards of Elections in New York State, one in each county and one for each of the five boroughs of New York City. Each Board has primary responsibility for the conduct of elections within its jurisdiction. Their responsibilities include the registration of voters, certification of candidates for the ballot, maintenance and set-up of voting machines, appointment and training of Election Inspectors and Voting Machine Custodians and canvassing and certifying of all election results.
To ensure fairness in the election system, Board Commissioners and other Board staff are selected equally from the two major parties, currently Republicans and Democrats. This is true of both office or "regular" staff and Election Inspectors and others who work at poll sites on Election Day.
The Onondaga County Board of Elections is a County Office, responsible for all Federal, State, County, City and Town elections in Onondaga County. Under present law, except for the Villages of Camillus, Manlius, North Syracuse and Solvay, all other village and school elections, as well as fire, water, and other special district elections, do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Elections.
The structure, responsibilities and duties of the Board are set forth in the New York State Election law.
The Help America Vote Act, or HAVA, was passed by the United States Congress in October 2002 to make sweeping reforms to the nation's voting process. The Act addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 Presidential Election, and it represents a balanced and comprehensive approach to election reform. It includes provisions for replacement of punch card and lever voting systems, creation of statewide, centralized voter registration databases, new voter identification requirements, improved access for people with disabilities, and enhanced voter outreach.
HAVA creates new mandatory minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration. HAVA provides funding to help states meet these new standards, replace outdated voting systems and improve election administration. Among its provisions, the statute also calls for the establishment of a new Federal agency, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), to assist states regarding HAVA compliance and to distribute HAVA funds to the states.
HAVA requires that the states implement the following new programs and procedures:
• Provisional Voting
• Voting Information
• Updated and Upgraded Voting Equipment
• Statewide Voter Registration Databases
• Voter Identification Procedures
• Administrative Complaint Procedures
HAVA is the first Federal program of its kind in the history of voting in the United States, and it is the first time that the Federal government has funded an election reform effort. It recognizes the significant role that state and local governments play in running elections, and through the EAC, seeks to assist these entities make the transition during this unprecedented reform process.
The Board of Elections is located at 1000 Erie Blvd West, Syracuse NY 13204
Phone: (315) 435-8683 ~ Fax: (315) 435-8451