Voter’s Bill of Rights


As a registered voter you have the RIGHT TO:


VOTE: The right to vote includes voting for candidates and questions on the ballot.

HAVE YOUR VOTE COUNT: Vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately counted.

SECRECY IN VOTING: Secrecy in voting will be preserved for all elections.

FREEDOM IN VOTING: Cast your vote free from coercion or intimidation by poll workers or any other person.

PERMANENT REGISTRATION: Once registered to vote, you will continue to remain qualified to vote from an address within your county or city.

ACCESSIBLE ELECTIONS: Non-discriminatory equal access to the election system. This pertains to all voters and includes the elderly, disabled, alternative language minorities, military and overseas citizens as required by federal and state laws.

ASSISTANCE IN VOTING: You may ask for help in voting because of a disability or an inability to read or write.

INSTRUCTION IN VOTING: You can view a sample ballot in your polling place prior to voting. You may also request help in how to properly mark a ballot and how operate the machine.

ABSENTEE VOTING: If you will be out of your county of residence on election day, or are unable to go to your polling place due to illness or physical disability, you may cast an absentee ballot.

AFFIDAVIT VOTING: Whenever your name does not appear in the poll book, you will be offered an affidavit ballot.


FIRST TIME VOTER? Instructions on how to vote are available on a sample ballot posted within your polling location. If you need additional help, prior to signing in, ask the election inspector.

CASTING A VOTE ON A PAPER BALLOT: Review your ballot to be sure you have cast your votes as you intended. Be sure to vote for the number of candidates permitted for each office on your ballot. If you make a mistake on your ballot, return it to the inspectors and you will be given another.

PROBLEMS? Federal and state laws prohibit acts of fraud and misrepresentation in voting. If you encounter problems in voting, contact your county board or the State Board of Elections.

Click here to contact the Erie County Board of Elections

Click here to contact the New York State Board of Elections