Over 1,000 Voters Mailed Absentee Ballots by the Board of Elections

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Chautauqua County Board of Elections

Over 1,195 absentee ballots were put in the mail October 9 by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections.

“It was a heavier than normal lift this year,” commented Election Commissioner Norman P. Green. “At 12:50 p.m., every county election office in the state received official certified notification that the Working Families Party was changing candidates from Cynthia Nixon to Andrew Cuomo for Governor, along with their Lt. Governor running mates.  Fortunately, we knew this was happening and being an in-house ballot printer, we were able to get our ballots out today.”

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections will open extended hours in the coming weeks to accommodate absentee voters for the Nov. 6 General Election, announced Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram.

The Board of Elections, 7 N. Erie St., Mayville, is open normally Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, the voting office will have 9 a.m. to noon hours Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, and will remain open until 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 24 and 31.

Qualifications to vote by absentee ballot include:

  • Absent from the county on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or due to being a primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

“Voters who apply for an absentee ballot due to a permanent disability have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with our office indicating a permanent illness or physical disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled. This is particularly something that our seniors with mobility issues find helpful,” said Abram.

“The Chautauqua County Board has adopted a policy of allowing students attending college on the opposite side of our 1,000 square mile county to now be eligible to vote absentee.  Also, we are prepared to accommodate voters with Election Day hospitalizations,” said Green.

The Board of Elections is a “one stop” absentee balloting location where voters can come in and fill out an application and cast a vote during the same visit. Information and absentee ballot applications are available at www.votechautauqua.com or by calling 753–4580. Completed ballot applications must be postmarked no later than seven days before the election or applied for in person at the office no later than 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.

If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on an absentee application may pick up and deliver a voter’s ballot.

Ballots returned to the Board of Elections must be delivered in person or by agent to the Mayville office no later than 9 p.m. Election Day or delivered to any county poll site, or postmarked by USPS and mailed by the day before the election and received no later than the seventh day after the election.  Military voters have thirteen days to get through the mail after a General Election.