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New York absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In New York, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.

Any New York voter may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By-mail: Postmarked 7 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Postmarked 1 day BEFORE Election Day.

Who can vote by absentee ballot in New York

You may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail in New York if:

  • You will be absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City, absent from New York City, on Election Day
  • You are unable to appear at the polls due to illness or physical disability or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
  • You are a a resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
  • You are in jail awaiting Grand Jury action but not yet convicted of any crime
  • You are in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.15 issued April 9, 2020, voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the New York absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Postmarked 7 days before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 1 day before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be postmarked 1 day BEFORE Election Day..

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in New York.