N.Y. Election Law Section 15-116
Inspectors of election


The board of trustees shall, by resolution at least forty days prior to a general village election appoint two or four inspectors of election for each village election district. Such resolution shall fix the compensation of the inspectors and designate a chairman. In addition, the board of trustees may provide for alternative inspectors who shall assume the office of inspector upon the inability or refusal of an inspector to assume or perform his duties and for any clerical help which they may deem necessary. Such clerical help shall perform their duties under direction and control of the inspectors of election. It shall be the duty of the inspectors of election to preside at all village elections in the district for which they were appointed until their successors are appointed. If at any general village election, both major political parties nominate a candidate or candidates for elective village office then at the next village election following the election for which the nominations are made the inspectors of election shall be appointed equally from enrolled members of such parties. Such equal representation shall be required only as long as such parties nominate a candidate or candidates for elective village office. In those elections in which both such political parties do not nominate candidates, any qualified person may serve as an inspector of election.


In Nassau county, appointments as inspectors of election for village elections shall be equally divided between the major political parties. All such inspectors shall be residents of the village in which they serve. Such inspectors shall be appointed from among those persons appointed as inspectors pursuant to the provisions of § 3-420 (Election inspectors, poll clerks and election coordinators)section 3-420 of this chapter. If the number of inspectors appointed pursuant to such section 3-420 who are eligible and willing to serve in any village is insufficient to fill all the positions in such village, then additional inspectors shall be appointed in the manner so prescribed by such section 3-420.


Inspectors of election for village elections shall prior to the assumption of their duties file a constitutional oath of office with the village clerk.


If the board of trustees of any village appoints four inspectors of election for each village election district, they may also determine that two of the four inspectors of election shall serve on registration day or days.

Source: Section 15-116 — Inspectors of election, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ELN/15-116 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 22, 2024).

Jun. 22, 2024

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