Voting is our voice, and sometimes life takes us away from the polls on election day. If you won’t be able to vote in person, on Election Day, or through early voting, don’t worry! Absentee ballots ensure your voice is still heard. So, if you can’t make it, please follow the link to request your absentee ballot. Let’s all participate and shape our community’s future together! –Angie
How to Apply for a 2023 Absentee Ballot
1. Who can apply?
Just a reminder: You can only apply for yourself.
Be cautious! Making false statements on your application or attempting to vote illegally (or helping someone do so) is a serious offense.
2. For our military and overseas friends:
Serving in the military or living abroad? Please use the special Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) instead of the regular one.
Need more details? Visit the Military and Federal Voting sections on the official NY elections website.
3. Sending in your application:
Handing it in-person? Make sure the county board of elections gets it by November 6, 2023.
Mailing it? Your mailed application should reach the county board by October 23, 2023.
Not sure where to send it? Find your local office details on the NY State Board of Elections site.
4. Special note for those with illnesses or disabilities:
If you indicate your condition as permanent, you’ll automatically receive a ballot for every eligible election without reapplying.
You can sign the application or make a mark and have someone witness it. Please note that using power of attorney or name stamps for voting isn’t accepted.
5. Waiting for your ballot?
Ballots will start being mailed from September 22, 2023.
Applied after this date? Your ballot will be dispatched promptly after your application is processed.
Indicated specific dates of absence? You’ll be sent ballots for any election happening during that time frame.
Want someone else to pick up your ballot? Just complete sections 6 and/or 7.
If you’re still waiting on your ballot, contact your local county board of elections.
NYS Absentee Ballot Application
To receive an absentee ballot: In-Person – Application must be personally delivered to your county board of elections not later than the day before the election. By Mail – Application must be received by your county board of elections not later than the 15th day before the election.
The ballot itself must either be personally delivered to the board of elections in your county no later than the close of polls on election day, or postmarked by a governmental postal service