Absentee Ballot

Registered voters who cannot make it to their poll site on Election Day because they will be outside the City of New York on Election Day or are in prison (not convicted of a felony), ill, disabled, in a hospital or long-term care facility, or are a primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or disabled may vote by absentee ballot.

Voting by Absentee Ballot (by mail)

In order to vote by Absentee Ballot, you must request an Absentee Ballot Application.

Download the Absentee Ballot Application: English (pdf) Spanish (pdf) Chinese (pdf) Korean (pdf) Bengali (pdf)

If you would like a postage-paid absentee ballot application mailed to you, call the Board of Elections at 1-866-VOTE-NYC.

Mail absentee ballot requests must include your name, address on voter registration, mailing address (if different), reason for voting absentee, and signature. Fill out the Absentee Ballot Application completely using only a pen with blue or black ink.

Mail (DO NOT FAX) the Absentee Ballot Application Form to your county Board of Elections found on the back of the application.

To be counted, an absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than seven days after the election.

Voting by Absentee Ballot (in person)

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day. The Board Offices (listed below) will be open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Election Day until 9:00PM.

BOARD OF ELECTION OFFICES:

Bronx - 1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl Bronx, NY 10457
Brooklyn - 345 Adams Street, 4 Fl Brooklyn, NY 11201
Queens - 118-35 Queens Boulevard Forest Hills, NY 11375
Manhattan - 200 Varick Street, 10Flr New York, NY 10014
Staten Island - 1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305

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 P.M. on Election Day at your Borough office.

Absentee Ballot Dates

Sept. 5 Last day to postmark application for primary ballot.

Sept. 11 Last day to apply in person for primary ballot.

Sept. 11 Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the county board no later than Sept. 19th.

Sept. 12 Last day to deliver primary ballot in person to county board, by close of polls.

Oct. 31 Last day to postmark application or letter of application for general election ballot.

Nov. 6 Last day to apply in person for general election ballot.

Nov. 6 Last day to postmark general election ballot. Must be received by the county board no later than Nov. 14th.

Nov. 7 Last day to deliver general election ballot in person to county board, by close of polls on election day.

Affidavit Ballot

If you have made sure that you are signing in at the correct election district and poll site, and your name is not on the poll list, you can still vote. Ask the poll worker (Election District Inspector) for an affidavit ballot. Fill out the paper ballot, place it in the affidavit envelope, complete the information requested on the front of the envelope, seal it and give it to the inspector. The sealed affidavit ballot will be forwarded to the Board of Elections where it will be counted after it is confirmed that you are registered at the address provided. If the Board determines that you are not registered at that address, they will notify you by mail and include a voter registration form with the notice. Fill out the form and return it to the Board of Elections to ensure you are registered for the future elections.

Find your Poll Site

New York City Voting System

How to Use the DS200 Ballot Scanner System

At your poll site, sign in and get your paper ballot from the poll worker

A privacy sleeve will be provided to shield your ballot from view after you have marked it

Go to the privacy booth

A special pen will also be given you

Mark your ballot by completely darkening the oval next to your choice using the pen provided

Do not use an "X" or a "v"

Do not circle the oval or make stray marks on the ballot

For a write-in candidate, fill in the appropriate oval and write in the candidate's name

Ballot marking devices (BMDs) are available for voters who need assistance

Be sure to check your ballot for any mistakes before inserting it into the scanner, because if you vote for more than one candidate for any office, your vote for that office will not be counted

If you do make a mistake in marking your ballot, you can get another ballot from a poll worker

Take your marked ballot to the scanner area

Select the language of your choice by touching the corresponding button on the screen

Do not fold your ballot before inserting it into the scanner

Insert your marked ballot into the scanner to cast your vote

For more information on the voting system, visit the Board of Elections website.

Ballot-Marking Devices (BMDs) 

Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) are available at polling sites to assist voters, especially those with disabilities, to vote. BMD ballots are counted with paper ballots. For more information about BMDs, call 866-VOTE-NYC, 212-487-5496 or visit the Board of Elections website.

For individual voters who would like to request this information in Braille, please contact: Monica Bartley, Voting Rights Coordinator, Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, mbartley@cidny.org or 646-442-4146.

Election Day Problems

Call one of these hotlines:

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)

1-866-MYVOTE1 (866-698-6831)

New York Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize the Overseas Vote Foundation or the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Military Ballot Dates

Aug. 11 Date to mail primary election ballot to Military Voter.

Aug. 18 Last day for a board of elections to receive application for Military ballot for primary if not previously registered.

Sept. 5 Last day for a board of elections to receive Military application for primary if previously registered.

Sept. 11 Last day to apply personally for Military ballot for primary if previously registered.

Sept. 11 Last day to postmark Military ballot for primary and date it must be received by the board of elections is September 19.

Oct. 6 Date to mail general election ballot to Military voter.

Oct. 28 Last day for a board of elections to receive application for a Military absentee ballot if not previously registered.

Oct. 31 Last day for a board of elections to receive Military absentee application, if by mail and previously registered.

Nov. 6 Last day to apply personally for a Military General Election ballot if previously registered.

Nov. 6 Last day to postmark Military ballot and date it must be received by the board of elections is Nov. 20.

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