Election Day 2021: What you need to know

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Election Day 2021 is here, and News10NBC is tracking every local race as you make the decisions on who you’d like to represent you.

News10NBC’s Emily Putnam broke down a few key areas that you need to know before casting your ballot. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

CLIP 1: Key Races

Five Rochester City Council seats are available, as council president Loretta Scott is retiring and councilman Malik Evans becomes mayor in January–. after defeating Lovely Warren in the June primary.

Evans is the only candidate on the ballot. He cast his ballot Tuesday morning at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on East Avenue. Evans says he and his team have been hard at work since June, preparing for his administration. One of his first priorities as mayor: addressing the violence on city streets, and in city schools.

Check out his interview Tuesday morning with reporters below.

There are also four candidates vying for three spots on the Rochester City School Board. Cynthia Elliot will try to defend her seat, while several newcomers compete for the other two available spots

In Wayne County, we’re keeping an eye on the race for sheriff, as it’s Robert Milby vs. Stephen MacNeal Jr. Both ran in the June Republican primary, Milby won with over 63% of the vote. He will appear on the GOP and conservative lines, while MacNeal is on the ballot as a Democrat.

The race is also on for several supervisors, including Greece and Irondequoit.

A full list of candidates around Monroe County can be found here.

CLIP 2: Proposals

There are several key proposals you’ll be asked to decide on, so News10NBC is going In-Depth to show you what’s on the table.

The first proposal covers a few things:

  • It would freeze the number of state senators at 63.
  • Amend the process for the counting of the state’s population.
  • Delete certain provisions in the state’s constitution that the United States Supreme Court said violates the U.S. constitution.

As for the second proposal:

  • Would guarantee the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment for New Yorkers.

The third proposal:

  • Would eliminate the state’s 10 day voter registration period. If passed it would open up the possibility of same-day voter registration.

The fourth proposal:

  • Would allow anyone who’s registered to vote by mail.

A fifth proposal is on the table, but it’s to vote on increasing the jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court. You can vote on that proposal if you want to. You do not have to.

A full breakdown of the proposals can be found here.

What if I have issues at polling locations?

You can call the state’s Election Protection Hotline at (800) 771-7755, submit complaints online, or email election.hotline@ag.ny.gov. The hotline and digital forms are accessible in multiple languages. The office also has an online guide for frequently asked questions.


Not sure where your polling place is? Check out this tool from Monroe County. Or, check out this tool from New York State.