How to Request Your Absentee Ballot (Voting by Mail) Application

You can apply for your NYS absentee Ballot application right now.

On August 20, 2020 Governor Cuomo signed into law new legislation allowing every registered New York voter to request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID-19.

Qualifications for New Yorkers to vote by Absentee Ballot are:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
  • 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.)
  • Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver 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

When Is It Due?

You must apply online, postmark, email or fax a completed application or letter request for the General Election Absentee ballot no later than 7 days (October 27, 2020) before the election. You may apply in-person up to the day before the election (November 2, 2020). You may file an application at any time before the deadlines, but ballots will be mailed out beginning on or about September 18, 2020. (PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DESPITE THE ABOVE DEADLINES THE POST OFFICE HAS ADVISED THAT THEY CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY DELIVERY OF BALLOTS APPLIED FOR LESS THAN 15 DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION.)

You can download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application form here:

Download English Form ( 538KB)

Download Spanish Form ( 521KB)

You may apply electronically through the Absentee Ballot Application Portal:

Electronic Absentee Ballot Application Portal >

Applications can also be obtained through the library by calling 631.725.0049 ext. 0 or email info@johnjermain to arrange for Plaza Pickup.

If you can’t get to the Library to pick an application, we’d be happy to mail one to you.

Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election (October 27,2020) or delivered in person no later than the day before the election (November 2,2020.)

For more detailed information on how to apply for an Absentee Ballot and how to cast an Absentee Ballot, visit New York State Board of Elections: 

Absentee Voting


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