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New York offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person.

Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Early Voting Period is October 24, 2020 - November 1, 2020 - New York also offers early voting, you can drop off your absentee ballot.  All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Vote by Mail - Get Your Ballot 

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

When is your mail in ballot due?

You must postmark, apply online, email or fax completed application for the General Absentee ballot by October 27, 2020.  You may apply in-person by November 2, 2020.  Ballots will be mailed beginning on/after September 18, 2020.

To Apply for a Ballot:

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.
  • You are convicted of a Felony and imprisoned or on parole. However, you can vote after conviction of a Felony if you have received a pardon from the Governor or you are on probation.

In-Person Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available and ends on Election Day. 

All borough offices are equipped with Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) available for voters. For more information, please visit

On Election Day, absentee ballots can be cast until 9:00 PM. 

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.


Download the Absentee Application (English)

Applications for additional languages are below.

Download the Accessible Absentee Application (English) 

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