Absentee Ballot

 Absentee Voting

General Election Day will be held on November 2, 2021. 

 Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot (Deadlines)

  1. Absent from your county on Election Day.
  2. Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
  3. Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  4. A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  5. Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

 How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot (Deadlines)

 You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

 You can download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot   Application Form:

Download English Form (pdf 574KB)

 

Download Spanish Form (pdf 603KB)

 If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the   mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that   person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.

 If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee   Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an   application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or   physical disability.

 You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until   your registration is canceled.

 Accessible Absentee Ballot Application

 If you cannot affirm that you are visually impaired or otherwise disabled you   must request a regular absentee ballot using the regular application application   above.

 If you are visually impaired or otherwise have a disability such that your   disability requires you to use a special accessible absentee ballot that can be   read by a screen reader, you can request such a ballot on this page, using the      Accessible Electronic Ballot Application (pdf 125KB) or Application Portal.

 When is it due?

 Applications requesting to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received   by the board of elections in your county no later than fifteen days (10/18/21)   before the election. For absentee ballots to be received in-person, applications   must be received by your board no later than the day before the election.

 How to Cast an Absentee Ballot

  • Once your receive the ballot, mark the ballot according to your choices for each office following the instructions on the ballot
  • Once you have completed marking your ballot fold it up and place it in the Security Envelope. (This envelope will have a place for your signature.)
  • Sign and date the outside of the Security Envelope.
  • Seal the Security Envelope.
  • Place the Security Envelope in the Return Envelope. (This envelope will have the return address of your county Board of Elections on the outside and should have a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail”)
  • Seal the Return Envelope.

 You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:

 For the November General Election:

  1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 2nd.
  2. Bringing it to the County Board of Elections Office no later than November 2nd by 9pm.
  3. Bringing it to an early voting poll site between October 23rd and October 31st
  4. Bringing it to a poll site on November 2nd by 9pm.

 Mail Time Considerations When Returning an Absentee Ballot

 When mailing your completed ballot, the USPS recommends that voters allow   enough time for ballots to be returned to the Board, which is generally seven   days ahead of the general election. Voters who mail in their ballots on Election   Day must be aware of the posted collection times on collection boxes and at the   Postal Service’s retail facilities, and that ballots entered after the last posted   collection time will not be postmarked until the following business day.

 You Can Still Vote in Person if You Request an Absentee Ballot

 Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the   polls and vote in person. The Election Law recognizes that plans change. The   Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any   absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during   early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not   counted.

 Absentee Cures

 There are certain errors or problems that can occur when a voter completes an   absentee ballot envelope. Many of these errors or problems are curable by   means of filing a cure statement with your board of elections. If your ballot   envelope has a curable defect, you will receive a notice from the board of   elections. The cure process is described here (pdf 141KB).


Military and Overseas (Federal) Voting

Military Voting

Qualifications

  • Persons serving in the military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence.

Registering/Applying for a Ballot

  • To register as a new military voter and/or to request an absentee ballot, you must complete a Federal Post Card Application External Link and return it to your county board of elections in New York.
  • This application will register you (if not already registered) and will also serve as your absentee ballot application for 2 federal general election cycles.
  • Always be sure to share any change of address information with your county board of elections.
  • Applications are available from your Voting Assistance Officer on base, or you can visit either the Federal Voting Assistance Program Website External Link for forms and information.
  • On this application, you may state a preference as to how you would like to receive your ballot. You can choose mail, fax or email as a preferred method of transmission.
  • If you have stated a preference to receive your voting materials by email/online, you will receive an email notification directing you to the State’s online ballot delivery site, https://nysballot.elections.ny.gov External Link to access your ballot.
  • Questions? Call the State Board of Elections at 518-474-1953 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at 1-800-438-8683, or contact your Voting Assistance Officer or US Embassy office or Consulate.

Returning Your Ballot

Tracking Your Ballot

Overseas Civilian Voting (Special Federal Voters/Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act Voters)

Qualifications

  • United States citizens living outside of the United States whose intent to return is uncertain and whose last U.S. residence was in New York, along with their children, may register as a special federal voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal races (President/Vice President, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives) that they would otherwise be entitled to vote in based on your New York address.
  • United States citizens living outside of the United States who intend to return and whose last U.S. residence was in New York, along with their children, may register as a UOCAVA voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all races on the ballot that they would otherwise be entitled to vote in based on your New York address.

Registering/Applying for a Ballot

  • To register as a new overseas voter and/or to request an absentee ballot, you must complete a Federal Post Card Application External Link and return it to the county board of elections of their previous New York residence.
  • This application will register you (if not already registered) and will also serve as your absentee ballot application for 2 federal general election cycles.
  • Always be sure to share any change of address information with your county board of elections.
  • You can visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program Website External Link for forms and information.
  • On this application, you may state a preference as to how you would like to receive your ballot. You can choose mail, fax or email as a preferred method of transmission.
  • If you have stated a preference to receive your voting materials by email/online, you will receive an email notification directing you to the State’s online ballot delivery site, https://nysballot.elections.ny.gov (External Link) to access your ballot.
  • If you move back to the US, contact your county board of elections, to have your registration reflect that change.
  • Questions? Call the State Board of Elections at 518-474-1953 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at 1-800-438-8683, or contact your US Embassy office or Consulate.

Returning Your Ballot

Tracking Your Ballot