Ready to Make a Voting Plan?  

Good news—there’s 3 different ways you can vote this year.

You can:

  1. Vote by mail. This is also known as voting via absentee ballot, and due to COVID-19, everyone in New York is eligible to vote by mail if they choose this year.
  2. Vote in-person early, from October 24th – November 1st
  3. Vote in-person on Election Day, November 3rd

Request your absentee ballot by Monday, October 27th

In New York you can request a ballot by mail, email, phone, fax or in person.

Request on state website by October 27. 

You can Request by mail, email, phone or fax  

Request Ballot

Request in person by November 2

On this week's edition of #RepresentNYC, host Public Advocate Jumaane Willliams is joined by Common Cause New York's Susan Lerner, Community Capacity Development's K. Bain, and the #NYPD's Lieutenant Edwin Raymond to discuss #voting in the #2020Election and #publicsafety. Watch this Sunday at 7pm and Wednesday at 9pm on MNN1 (Spectrum 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33) or MNNHD (Spectrum 1993).

Return your absentee ballot ASAP

  • Return it by mail. Officially, the last day to postmark your ballot is November 3rd. 
  • Return it in person. You can also hand deliver your ballot to your early voting site (between Oct. 24 - Nov. 1), your County Board of Elections (by November 3), or an Election Day poll site.

Getting and Returning Your Ballot

Read the instructions on your ballot carefully before completing it. You can return your ballot by mail or in person.

Return by mail: Your ballot must be postmarked by Nov 3 and received by Nov 10

Return in person at an early voting poll site between Oct 24 and Nov 1

Return in person at any County Board of Elections Office during regular business hours between now and November 3

Return in person at a poll site on Nov 3 by 9:00 PM

Find Drop-Off Locations

Completing Your Ballot

When you open your absentee ballot mailer in New York state, you’ll find three things:

  • The ballot
  • A ballot or affirmation envelope
  • A return envelope

Read the Instructions Carefully

Want to ensure your vote is counted? Avoid these missteps – and follow the instructions below – as you cast your absentee vote:



Don’t skip the instructions

Read the short instructions found on the front of your ballot envelope, the one that will hold your ballot. The instructions are on the front of the ballot envelope.

Don’t use red or other light-colored ink

Fill in the circles with blue or black pens. Don't go outside the lines.

It is ok if a voter uses a combo of blue and black ink on a single ballot to fill in the circles next to candidates' names, 

Don’t use any other colors. The scanner might not pick it up.

Don’t make any extra marks on your ballot

Any extra mark on the ballot that is deemed “intentional” will invalidate the ballot. That includes a signature, writing a message or circling the name of the candidate – instead of filling in the circle next to his or her name.

These extra marks can be used later to challenge the validity of the ballot.

Don’t sign your ballot

Your signature is needed, BUT NOT on the ballot itself.

Instead, after voting, put your ballot inside the ballot envelope. That’s the one with the instructions on front and a box for your signature on back. This is where you sign – on the outside of this envelope that will hold your ballot.

This signature is your oath, an affirmation that you are indeed the registered voter who filled out this specific ballot. Elections workers will compare that signature on the envelope to the one on record at the Board of Elections.



This is where you sign -- on the back of the ballot envelope.


Don’t forget to seal the ballot envelope

Again, that’s the one that contains your ballot. After sealing and signing, place this envelope inside the return envelope. That’s the one addressed to your local county Board of Elections.

Don’t forget the stamp

You must provide your own postage stamp on this outer, return envelope.  Although, there is only space for one stamp, we've heard that two stamps are needed. 

Get Your Vote Counted  

Get your ballot into the mail as quickly as possible or you can drop it off at your county’s Board of Elections or during in-person voting.

You can also drop off your ballot at any polling place during early voting, which runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 1.

You can also drop off absentee ballot at any polling place on Election Day, Nov. 3, that’s within your county of residence.

The deadline to apply online, postmark, email or fax a completed application for an absentee ballot is Oct. 27. If you miss that deadline, you can still apply in person at your county Board of Elections up until Monday, Nov. 2, the day before the election.

State Senator Zellnor Myrie is joined by Interim Executive Director and General Counsel at the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, Lurie Daniel Favors, to discuss the three ways to #vote in the #2020 General #election.

Don't Forget to Sign! 

Make sure you sign in the right place. If you're unable to sign, check with your state for special accommodations.