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.
In-person absentee voting is conducted during the above period, at the Board of Elections' Borough Office. The hours are 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and on the weekend prior to the Election Day. You cannot apply for an Absentee Ballot on Election Day. You can deliver a completed Absentee Ballot and envelope to the Borough Office on Election Day up until 9:00 P.M.
Check the Board of Election in the City of New York's website for a list of dates pertaining to each election and the additional days and hours for in-office absentee voting.
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.
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 believe that you will not be able to go to your poll site on Election Day to vote in person, then you or a representative with a letter signed by the voter authorizing the representative to receive, in person at the Borough Office both an Absentee Ballot Application and an Absentee Ballot by the close of business, the day before the Election. To be valid both the completed application and ballot envelope, which contains ONLY the completed ballot, has to be delivered to an office of the Board of Elections by 9:00 P.M. on Election Day at your Borough office.