Absentee Ballot Information
Download / view the Absentee Ballot Application Form from the NYS Board of Election's website.
Absentee Web Portal
Absentee Ballot Information for Disabled Voters
Get the New York Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot Application from the NYS Board of Elections. Learn more about the Accessible Absentee Ballot for New York State (updated Sept. 1, 2020).
If you are in the Military and need an absentee ballot application please go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website
Who is eligible for an absentee ballot?
Any registered voter who: is absent from their county of residence on any primary, special or general election; unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19); has duties related to primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled, a resident or patient of a Veterans health Administration Hospital; or is detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony may apply for an absentee ballot.
Anyone who is permanently ill or disabled may apply for a permanent absentee ballot. The Board of Elections will investigate the facts given and, if satisfied, will mark the voter's record "Permanently Disabled". A ballot will automatically be mailed for each election thereafter in which the voter is qualified to vote.
In New York State you may not vote in a primary election unless you are enrolled in a political party holding a primary. In this case, an absentee ballot would not be issued to anyone not enrolled in a party. If you have questions regarding your enrollment please contact the Board of Elections.
How does an absentee ballot work?
An absentee ballot is a paper ballot which, when requested by you, is mailed directly to your residence or address in which you have requested it be mailed. Once you receive the ballot, mark the ballot according to your choices for each office following the instructions on the ballot. Upon completing your ballot fold it up and place it in the Security Envelope (this envelope will have a place for your signature). After signing and sealing the Security Envelope in the place the Security Envelope in the Return Envelope and seal (this envelope will have the return address of your county Board of Elections on the outside and should have a logo that reads, "Official Election Mail")
Keep in mind that unless the oath is signed and the ballot is sealed in the security envelope, your ballot will not be counted. There are certain errors or problems that can occur when a voter completes an absentee ballot envelope. Many of these errors or problems are curable by means of filing a cure statement with the board. If your ballot envelope has a curable defect, you will receive a notice from the board of elections.
This ballot, if mailed must be postmarked no later than election day, November 2, 2021. Or if personally delivered, must be received by the Board of Elections no later than the close of polls on election day -- 9:00 PM.
How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
You may request an absentee ballot by submitting a completed application in the mail/email, through an email that includes your name, address you are registered at and the address where you wish to receive your ballot, by faxing a completed application to (716)938-2775 or by using a web portal provided by the NYS Board of Elections.
You may also apply in person at the Board of Elections, or have someone pick up the application for you or print out a copy above.
What if I have no absentee ballot application available?
Absentee ballots may also be requested by a letter which must be received by the Board of Elections no later than seven days before the election. This letter must contain:
- the address where you are registered,
- the address to which you want the ballot mailed,
- the reason for the request,
- dates in which you are out of the county
An absentee ballot will be mailed to you.
Remember, unless you are eligible for a permanent absentee ballot or will be continuously absent between the dates of the primary and general election, you must file an application for each election.
When do I apply for an absentee ballot?
You may request an absentee ballot application at any time.
If you mail your application, you must postmark it no later than seven days before the election for which you are requesting the absentee ballot. If application in person (or someone you have designated is delivering it for you) you may do so up until close of business on the day before the election. The Board of Elections urges you to apply as early as possible to avoid delays.
Notes for the absentee voter:
- Apply for your absentee ballot as soon as you know you will need it.
- Once the ballots are printed, you can apply for, receive, and cast your ballot all in one trip to the County Board of Elections (call your County Board for this information.)
Make sure your vote counts!
These notices explain how to make sure your vote counts and how to avoid over votes (filling in too many ovals) and double votes (voting more than once for the same candidate). Read the Notice concerning overvotes and double votes.
More information on Absentee Ballots and associated forms
- New York State Board of Elections: Absentee Voting
- Federal Voting Assistance Program: Voting Help for Uniformed Service Members, their families & Citizens living outside the U.S.