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Request your New York vote by mail ballot (also called an absentee ballot)




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New York vote by mail guide

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New York vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 27, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 27, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

New York vote by mail overview

Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:

  • Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
  • Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
  • Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.

New York vote by mail rules

  • You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in New York, but 100% of registered voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
  • If you are requesting a ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, you must use the "temporary illness or physical disability" excuse on the vote by mail ballot application.
  • New York voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of August 2020.

New York vote by mail ID requirements (request)

The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.

New York vote by mail ID requirements (return)

Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.


New York vote by mail directions

In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:

  1. You submit an application to vote by mail.
  2. Your Local Election Office processes your application.
  3. Your Local Election Office sends your ballot to you.
  4. You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline.

Request your mail-in ballot online (recommended)

  1. Visit the New York vote by mail website.
  2. Fill out all of the required information.
  3. Hit save or submit when you are done.
  4. The deadline to apply online is: received by October 27, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot via USPS

  1. Download the New York vote by mail application.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Print the application.
  4. Sign and date your application. This is very important.
  5. Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your Local Election Office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  6. If it’s close to the deadline, call your Local Election Office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
  7. The deadline to apply by mail is: received by October 27, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot in person

  1. Visit your Local Election Office.
  2. Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
  3. Fill out all of the required fields.
  4. Sign and date your application.
  5. The deadline to apply in person is: received by November 2, 2020.

Receive and return your mail-in ballot

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
  2. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox. You can use our Find Out Where To Vote tool to find an official dropbox.
  4. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by November 3, 2020.
  5. If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  6. If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions about voting by mail in New York.

Statewide election office

NYS Board of Elections
40 North Pearl Street, Suite 5
Albany, NY 12207‐2729