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Voter Services Report - December 2019

Voter Registration - Peg Foley and Connie Young

The League was very active this year registering people to vote. We held 17 voter registration events, including 7 naturalization ceremonies. We registered 200 people at the naturalization ceremonies, with the remainder at the Kids Arts Festival, Sch'dy Greenmarket, Municipal Housing Authority, Union College, YWCA, SICM food pantry, Price Chopper, SCCC, YMCA, Parsons Child Care and Salvation Army for a grand total of 267 registrations. It's been a great volunteer effort with 33 League members involved. I would list everyone's name, but I'm afraid of leaving someone out! Thank you to all of our volunteers! - Mary Jane Shave and Barbara Vivier

Mary Jane and Barbara worked hard, inviting 65 candidates to participate in our online voting guide, About half of the candidates entered replies to our questions. The guide was published on October 19th, in time for early voting.

Candidate Forums

We held candidate forums in Schenectady (Oct. 2 - Cheryl Nechamen), Glenville (Oct. 3 - Vicki Hoshko), Niskayuna (Oct. 15 - Connie Young/Carol Furman) and Rotterdam (Oct. 16 - Cindy Weissend). Each forum was staffed by a diligent group of volunteers- thank you!

The forums went smoothly as we worked around the county legislature budget meetings some of which seemed to be held the on the same nights as our forums. New this year was the unwillingness of some of the audience to turn off their cell phones for the duration of the gathering. We had to maintain a constant patrol to make sure no one was making recordings which could potentially be manipulated to disparage an opponent under the auspices of the League. The videotapes were edited by Open Stage Media and shown on public access cable. They were also available on our website Voter Services page and on our Facebook page.


The 2019 Take Me to Vote education project is completed. All 24 Schenectady County elementary schools received polling maps from the Board of Elections and tickets provided by Price Chopper. Each of the wonderful volunteers delivered the material in time for the teachers to explain the voting process. The children returned tickets to the polling places where their parents voted. This local election like all local elections should be important but always has a poor turn out. In all, 690 slips were collected from the Board of Elections. We will hopefully do better next time.

Connie Young

2019 Candidate Forums/Video tape Schedules

Wednesday, October 2, 6-7:45 PM
McChesney Room, Hon. Karen B. Johnson Library, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady
Open Stage Media Taping

Thursday, October 3, 7-9 PM
Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd., Glenville
Open Stage Media Taping

Tuesday, October 15, 7-9 PM
Niskayuna Town Hall, 1 Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna
Open Stage Media Taping

Wednesday, October 16, 7-9 PM
Rotterdam Senior Center, 2639 Hamburg St, Rotterdam

Open Stage Media Taping

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Committee

The Schenectady League of Women Voters has been invited to provide a display, and participate in a panel discussion, at the State League's annual convention on June 7-9 . The topic of the display and the panel discussion is on the topic of our county league's efforts to encourage and increase voter participation and turnout during the 2018 election period and future elections.

The Schenectady County League analyzed county board of election voter participation data for the last three years, using that data to focus efforts in high population density--low voter turnout areas (city and towns), election districts, and neighborhoods. We met with neighborhood associations, distributed posters and lawn signs. We got school districts to make public service announcements at sports events and on electronic billboards at school entrances encouraging people to vote on Election Day. We wrote letters to the editor of the The Daily Gazette newspaper and participated in an interview by the newspaper to provide voter participation data and the County League's efforts to get out the vote. This resulted in a front page newspaper article. These and more efforts will be taking place in upcoming election periods. Please contact voter services chair Cheryl Nechamen or Pauline Kinsella, GOTV subcommittee chair, if you would like to help with this important work.

Candidate Forum Policy


Goal: To educate voters on the issues; to stimulate voter interest; to encourage voter participation in elections; to present programs in a nonpartisan manner.


1. All candidates for office who meet New York State election law requirements to be on the ballot are eligible to take part in candidate forums. No substitutes will be permitted to take the place of a candidate.

2. Candidate for office who have no opponents can not take part in the formal candidate forum. Candidates with no opponents may attend the forum and be recognized and, although not allowed to speak at that time, can speak individually to the voters following the formal part of the event. These candidates will be recognized if they attend and the reason they are not speaking will be explained. The moderator will announce that the program has allowed time at the end of the forum for unopposed candidates to speak individually to those attending.

3. No video or audio taping of candidate debates, or parts thereof, is permitted except by those previously authorized by the League of Women Voters to officially tape the event.

4. Candidates' literature will be allowed to be distributed on tables placed near the entrance to the forum location.

5. The League reserves the right to cancel the forum if circumstances warrant.

6. Candidates will be sent copies of these policies when they are invited to participate in the forum. Any subsequent changes to the program format will be communicated to the candidates prior to the program.

Approved: 04/10/19

Local Boards of Elections

Schenectady County Board of Elections 2696 Hamburg Street Schenectady, NY 12303 518-377-2469

New York State Board of Elections 40 North Pearl St. Suite 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 518-474-6220 Email:

City Council and Town Board Meetings

Schenectady City Council meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays at the City Hall, 7 p.m.

Glenville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.

Rotterdam Town Board meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Assembly Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Niskayuna Town Board: Call 386-4592 for the schedule

Schenectady County Legislature Meetings

The Schenectady County Legislature meets the 2nd Tuesdays in the County Office Building at 7 p.m.

Local and State-Wide Political Information

Click here for political information about the City and County of Schenectady, the Capital District Area, and Statewide Politics.

The above is a web-site maintained by the SCHENECTADY DIGITAL HISTORY ARCHIVE, a service of the Schenectady County Public Library.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.

  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

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