Brian L. QuailArthur BrassardCommissionersComisionadosAmy M. HildDarlene HarrisDeputy CommissionersComisionados AdjuntosCOUNTY OF SCHENECTADY
CONDADO DE SCHENECTADY
Office of the Board of Elections Oficina de la Junta Electoral
388 Broadway, Suite ESchenectady, New York 12305-2520Tel./Llame: (518) 377-2469Fax/Fax: (518) 377-2716www.voteschenectady.com
February 11, 2013 Dear Elected Official:The Schenectady County Board of Elections will conduct a comprehensivepoll site and election district review in 2013, with the intention of implementingchanges by January 15, 2014. By taking a year for this process, we allow time togather significant public input.We are hopeful this process will result in a net reduction of twenty-fiveelection districts, and bring a more rational alignment of election districts and pollsites that is more convenient for voters.
Election District Population
By law, election districts can include up to1,200 voters, and state legislationis pending to make this number higher. Schenectady County is currently dividedinto 120 election districts. Our smallest district has 366 voters, and our largest has1,200 with the current average being 771. Our goal is to increase the averageelection district population to approximately 973.In small districts, the ratio of poll workers to voters is lower thanfunctionally necessary because, by law, every election district must be assigned atleast four inspectors. Accordingly, in an election district with 366 voters (oursmallest), there are 92 voters for each poll worker. In the average sized district, thereare 192 voters per poll worker. In the largest districts, we have one poll workerserving 300 voters, provided we do not assign extra workers to reduce this ratio.By decreasing the size variance between election districts, we can improvethe allocation of resources so voters are better served. For the voting public, theresult will be better and faster service at lower cost.