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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


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.


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.