In keeping with state mandate, the Board
of Elections is administered by two Commissioners, one Republican,
currently Helen Kiggins Walsh, and one Democrat, currently Dustin M. Czarny. The Commissioners are recommended by their respective County
Party committees and appointed by the County Legislature.
The Board of Elections is funded by the County
The County maintains the cost for all voting machines,
pay for the machine custodians, election
inspectors and the rent for all polling places.
Board of Elections determines where polling places will be located,
the training and appointment of all election inspectors. The
County owns 275 Imagecast Voting Systems and 25 Imagecast Scanner only machines.
One polling place may contain
more than one Election District. All 175 polling sites are accessible
to the physically handicapped. Efforts will continue to ensure each
and every polling place is accessible to our handicapped and senior
citizens. Each year polling places are reviewed for comfort, lighting,
safety, and accessibility. Community groups and elected officials
are actively involved in locating better polling places.
An election district is the smallest political unit. In 2012 there
were 433 Election Districts in Onondaga County, 6 of which were
non-working districts. There is an average registration of 603
voters in each district.
New York State Election Law requires an even number of inspectors in each polling site. Election Inspectors must be registered to vote in one
of the two major parties and reside within the County in which they
will serve. Appointments for these positions are equally divided
between the major political parties (Republicans and Democrats).
The inspectors are recommended by the chair of their political parties.
Inspectors are required
to attend a mandatory training session and pass an examination each
year. Training sessions are required so that the inspectors actually
handle all paperwork used at a polling site and are given a hands
on demonstration of the opening and closing of the voting machine.
With the implementation of the Imagecast voting system Election Central was no longer needed. Each system is equipped with a thermal tape and memory cards which contain the election results. The memory cards are read on the Election Management System and results are available within minutes of being delivered to the Thompson Road Service Center.
In 1999 the
Board of Elections purchased an Optical scanning paper ballot counting
system. This resulted in all absentee ballots remaining secured
at the Board of Elections instead of being sent to individual polling
New York State Election Law requires that candidates
and political committees file detailed financial disclosure statements
of political contributions and expenditures with the Board of Elections.
1/15/2006, all campaign financial disclosure committees are required
to file financial disclosure statements electronically with the
State Board of Elections.
Candidates for Federal Offices file with the Federal Election Commission,
Washington, D. C. .