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Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting

Election Day is June 23, 2020 for State & Federal Primaries

Early Voting Period is June 13, 2020 – June 21, 2020


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


Under the Governor's Executive Orders:

To help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, all registered, eligible voters may apply to vote by Absentee ballot for the June 23, 2020 elections. Voters affected by COVID-19 including the risk of contracting the virus, should check the box "Temporary Illness" as the reason for requesting an Absentee Ballot. The definition has been temporarily expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus.


To Apply for a Ballot:



Download the Application (English)


Applications for additional languages are below.



When is it due?

You must postmark, apply online, email or fax completed application for the Primary Absentee ballot by June 16, 2020.  You may apply in-person by June 22, 2020


Ballots will be mailed beginning on/after May 8, 2020. If you do not have a primary in your district, you will not receive a ballot. 


We will make every effort to notify a voter in this circumstance. To see if there is an election in your district or to view a sample ballot Click Here.


Contact us if you have not received your ballot.


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.
  • An individual convicted of a Felony and on probation. However, you cannot vote after convicted of a Felony and imprisoned or on parole.


*The definition of "Temporary Illness" has been temporarily expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus to prevent community spread, by Executive Order of the Governor. 


In-Person Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available and ends on Election Day. 


Absentee ballots can be cast at the Board of Elections office in your borough from 10:00 AM -4:00PM, Monday through Friday. For the upcoming June Primary elections, 


Extended Voting in Office Hours will occur in every borough office on:

 Tuesday, June 16, 2020   9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
 Thursday, June 18, 2020  9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
 Saturday, June 20, 2020  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
 Sunday, June 21, 2020  10:00AM to 4:00 PM


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 the day before Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election to be counted.