Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot
- unavoidably absent from your county or, if a resident of the
city of New York absent from said city, on Election Day;
- unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability;
- a patient 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;
Anyone who is permanently ill or disabled may apply for a permanent
absentee ballot. The Board of Elections will investigate the facts
given and, if satisfied, will mark the voter's record "Permanently
Disabled." A ballot will automatically be mailed for each election
thereafter in which the voter is qualified to vote.
In New York State you may not vote in a primary election unless you
are enrolled in a political party holding a primary. In this case,
an absentee ballot would not be issued to anyone not enrolled in
a party. You may enroll in a party at any time, but be aware that
any change is not effective until after the next general election.
An absentee ballot is a paper ballot which looks
exactly like the ballot in the voting machine. It has a special outer
secrecy envelope with your name. The ballot will be separated from
the secrecy envelope before counting. In this manner, your vote remains
Keep in mind that unless the oath on the secrecy envelope is signed
and the ballot is enclosed in the secrecy envelope, your ballot will
not be counted.
This ballot, if mailed must be postmarked no later than the day before
election day or, if personally delivered, must be received by the
Board of Elections no later than the close of polls on election day
-- 9:00 PM.
It's easy. Anytime during the year you may telephone
or write to your County Board of Elections requesting an application
for the ballot. You may also apply in person at the board of Elections,
or have someone pick up the application for you or print out a copy
Upon completion, the application must be mailed to the board of Elections
no later than seven days before the election or delivered in person
no later than the day before the election.
WHAT IF I HAVE NO ABSENTEE
BALLOT APPLICATION AVAILABLE?
To download a PDF version of the Absentee Ballot Application
Form (29K), click here.
Absentee ballots may also be requested by a letter
which must be received by the Board of Elections no earlier than
30 days and no later than seven days before the election. This letter
· the address where you are registered,
· the address to which you want the ballot mailed,
· the reason for the request,
· dates in which you are out of the county and,
· the signature of the applicant.
An absentee ballot will be sent along with an application form which
you must then complete and return with your ballot.
Remember, unless you are eligible for a permanent absentee ballot
or will be continuously absent between the dates of the primary and
general election, you must file an application for each election.
You may request an absentee ballot application at
If you mail your application, you must postmark it no later than
seven days before the election for which you are requesting the absentee
ballot. If application in person (or someone you have designated
is delivering it for you) you may do so up until close of business
on the day before the election.
All absentee applications must be mailed or brought in person to
47 Cannon Street. NO FAXED COPIES.