Absentee Voting

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said 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 resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

 

How to Vote by Absentee Ballot 

  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
  • You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form 
  • You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information: 
    • the address where you are registered
    • an address where the ballot is to be sent
    • the reason for the request, and
    • the signature of the voter

If you apply by letter, an application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.

If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.

Deadlines
Presidential Primary Election

April 21

Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.

April 27

Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.

April 27

Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than May 5th.

April 28

Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

For Primary Election

June 16

Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.

June 22

Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.

June 22

Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than June 30th.

June 23

Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

For General Election

October 27

Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.

November 2

Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.

November 2

Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 10th. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 16th.

November 3

Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

TurboVote

A product of the nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit Democracy Works, TurboVote is an innovative online “one-stop shop” voter registration and engagement service the UAlbany Division of Student Affairs has embraced to give our students this convenience. Through a seamless web interface, students can:

  • Register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and/or update an address. If a student’s home state does not permit registration online, they’ll receive completed forms with stamped envelopes already addressed to the local election office.
  • Track elections with text message and email reminders. Students receive all the information needed to vote in every election, including polling locations, election dates, information on laws, and deadlines.
  • Ask for help. Any and all voting related questions are answered through TurboVote’s dedicated help desk (which I have used over the past few weeks and they have been extremely helpful!)