April 20, 2020

Absentee Balloting in New York State

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order concerning the June 23, 2020 primary.

**Pursuant to Executive Order 202.15 issued April 9, 2020, voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot. A voter may request an absentee ballot as follows:

  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
  • You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form:

·       download English version

·       Download Spanish Form

  • Upon completion, applications must be mailed, emailed or faxed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
  •  You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
    •  your name and date of birth
    •  the address where you are registered
    •  an address where the ballot is to be sent
    • the reason for the request.

The letter may be sent via mail, email or fax.

Contact and Absentee Information for all County Boards

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot

In addition to the potential to contract COVID-19, a voter may request an absentee ballot application for the following reasons:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said 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.
  • Again, voters may select “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” as their reason for requesting an absentee ballot due to the potential of contracting COVID-19.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital. Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

2020 Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines

June 16 – Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail or send an e mail or fax for an absentee ballot.

June 22 – Last day to apply IN PERSON for absentee ballot

June 22 – Last day to postmark a ballot.  Must be received by local board of elections no later than June 30th

June 23 – Last day to deliver ballot IN PERSON to the local Board of elections (by someone other than the voter)


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