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Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting

The Presidential Primary and Special Elections scheduled for April 28, 2020 have been rescheduled to June 23, 2020.


You can vote even if you cannot get to the polling place on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be cast by mail or in person at a Board of Elections office.


When is it due?

An absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election to be counted.


Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot

  • Absent from New York City on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A patient or inmate in a Veterans' Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
  • An individual convicted of a Felony and on probation. However, you cannot vote after convicted of a Felony and imprisoned or on parole.

Get an Absentee Ballot

Fill out the Absentee Ballot Application, then mail or bring the application to your Board of Elections borough office. Use only a pen with blue or black ink.


The application must be received not later than the day before the election, or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than the 7th day before election day.


Your absentee ballot will be sent to you at least 32 days before an election. If you applied after this date, your ballot will be sent immediately after your completed and signed application is received and processed by your local board of elections


Download the Application


Applications for additional languages are below.


You can also get an Absentee Ballot Application by visiting one of our offices or calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) and we'll send you a postage-paid application form in the mail.


Contact us if you have not received your ballot.


Emergency Absentee Ballots


If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you cannot appear at the polls on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, then you may send a representative with an authorized letter to receive an Absentee Ballot Application and Absentee Ballot and return both to the Board of Elections by 9:00 PM on Election Day at your borough office.


Overseas and Military Voters


If you are applying for an absentee ballot because you or your family are in the military or because you currently reside overseas, do not use this application. You are entitled to special provisions if you apply using the Federal Postcard Application.


For more information about military/overseas voting, contact the board of elections or refer to the Military and Federal Voting sections at:


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In-Person Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day.


Absentee ballots can be cast at the Board of Elections office in your borough from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and on the weekend prior to Election Day. On Election Day, absentee ballots can be cast until 9:00 PM.

By-Mail Absentee Voting

After making your votes on the ballot, fold the ballot and put it in a smaller envelope. Sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in the larger envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections. Mail or deliver your ballot to your borough Board of Elections office.


An absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election to be counted.