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Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Early Voting Period is October 24, 2020 - November 1, 2020


The Board of Elections Borough Offices will offer extended hours:


Wednesday October 21, 2020 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday October 22, 2020 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday October 24, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday October 25, 2020 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday October 28, 2020 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday October 29, 2020 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday October 31, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday November 1, 2020 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


You can vote even if you cannot get to the polling place on Election Day.


When is it 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:


  • Online -  Click Here
  • Email application to [email protected] 
    * Applications must be saved in a (.pdf) format to avoid delays *
  • Fax application to 212-487-5349
  • Mail application to local borough office
  • Calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)


Download the Absentee Application (English)


Applications for additional languages are below.



Additional Qualifications to Vote by Accessible Absentee Ballot

  • You are visually impaired or otherwise disabled, and such disability prevents you from being able to independently cast a paper absentee ballot.
  • You require use of an accessible electronic absentee ballot in order to vote privately and independently.

  • Some voters with disabilities such as visual impairments or mobility limitations may not be able mark an absentee ballot. These voters will be able to use their home technology, such as screen reader on their computer or tablet, to mark an electronic version of their ballot called an accessible absentee ballot.  In other words, their home computer or tablet will function like the Ballot Marking Device that they would use in the poll site. There is a Ballot Marking Device (BMD) at each borough office and every poll site for voters to use to mark their ballot if they prefer. 


    What is an accessible absentee ballot?

    ·        The accessible absentee ballot is for people who are eligible for an absentee ballot but are unable to mark a paper ballot because of a disability (e.g. low vision or blind; unable to hold a pen, etc.)

    ·        It is an electronic version of the absentee ballot that will be emailed to the voter (instead of a paper ballot that is mailed to the voter).


    Who can apply for an accessible absentee ballot?

    ·        Registered voters who are eligible for an absentee ballot AND have an impairment that prevents them from marking a paper ballot (e.g. low vision or blind; unable to hold a pen, etc.)


    How do I apply for an accessible absentee ballot?

    ·        You can apply for the accessible absentee ballot via the portal on the absentee page of our website:  

    ·        In addition to the application portal, the absentee page of our website ( contains a fillable PDF of the application in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali. Submit your completed PDF application to the BOE by emailing the document to [email protected]

    ·        You can also submit your completed application to the BOE via fax, U.S. Postal mail or hand deliver it to the BOE borough office. 

    ·        You do not need to sign the application in ink (electronic signature or typed name is fine).

    ·        Applications must be received by the BOE on or before Oct 27, 2020


    How will I get my accessible absentee ballot?

    ·        You will receive an email from email address [email protected] with a link to the secure online ballot portal. 


    How do I mark my accessible absentee ballot?

    ·        You will use your home adaptive technology (e.g. screen reader, sip and puff) to access your electronic web-based ballot and select your candidate/choices.

    ·        You will use your computer or tablet to download a packet that includes your ballot, foldable envelope templates and instructions.

    ·        You will then print the download packet using your printer.


    How do I return my accessible absentee ballot to the BOE?

    ·        When you download your ballot to print, your download packet will also include foldable envelope templates which you will fold into envelopes: the ballot goes inside oath envelope, the oath envelope goes inside the return envelope which is mailed back to the BOE.  If you use the foldable envelope templates, remember to include necessary postage.  Directions on how to fold the foldable envelope templates will be included in your download packet.

    ·        You will ALSO be mailed a postage paid return envelope and oath envelope you can use to return your ballot. 

    ·        Remember to sign the oath envelope! You may sign anywhere on the envelope. It needs to be signed in ink. 

    ·        The return envelope must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received by November 10, 2020.

    ·        The ballot MAY NOT BE EMAILED back to the BOE.


    Do I need access to a printer?

    ·        You must print your ballot to be returned to the BOE. Please ensure you have access to a printer.

    ·        The ballot MAY NOT BE EMAILED back to the BOE.

    ·        You may use any printer paper you have available: both standard or legal sizes are acceptable


    Are the accessible absentee ballots available in other languages?

    ·        Yes, the accessible absentee ballots are available in the same five languages as the paper absentee ballots: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali.

    ·        Your accessible absentee ballot will only be available in a different language if your paper absentee ballot is available in that language. 


Download the Accessible Absentee Application (English)


Accessible applications for additional languages are below.



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.


Overseas and Military Voters

If you are applying for an absentee ballot because you or your family are in the military or because you currently reside overseas, do not use this application. You are entitled to special provisions if you apply using the Federal Postcard Application.


For more information about military/overseas voting, contact the board of elections or refer to the Military and Federal Voting sections at:

By-Mail Absentee Voting

After making your votes on the ballot, fold the ballot and put it in a smaller envelope. Sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in the larger envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections. Mail or deliver your ballot to your borough Board of Elections office.


An absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election to be counted.