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Registered voters who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day because of occupation, business, studies, travel, imprisonment (other than a convicted felon), illness, disability and hospitalization or resident in a long term care facility, may vote by absentee ballot.

Voters can cast absentee ballots by mail or in person at the Board of Elections office in your borough.

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In-Person Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots can be cast at your borough Board of Elections office from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, on the weekend prior to Election Day, and on Election Day until 9:00 PM.

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day.

By-Mail Absentee Voting

In order to vote by mail, you must request an Absentee Ballot Application. Fill out the Absentee Ballot Application using only a pen with blue or black ink. Then mail or bring the application to your Board of Elections borough office.

Download the Application

You can also get an Absentee Ballot Application by visiting one of our offices or calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) and we'll send you a postage-paid application form in the mail.

Using an Absentee Ballot

When you receive an absentee ballot, read the directions that are printed in it. You will note that the way to mark your votes is to fill in the ovals near your choices. Do not use any other marks. Do not write anywhere on the ballot. The only time you may write on the ballot is when you want to vote for someone else whose name does not appear on the ballot - then you may write his or her name in the write-in box and fill in the oval in that box. If there are propositions up for vote, you will find them on the back of the ballot. Mark your vote by filling in the oval next to either "yes" or "no". The paper ballots are canvassed by scanning them with machines so be sure to follow the directions and mark them correctly.

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.

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.