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Vote by Absentee Ballot

Registered voters who cannot make it to their polling site on Election Day because of occupation, business, studies, travel, imprisonment (other than a convicted felon), illness, disability, hospitalization, or residence in a long-term care facility can vote by absentee ballot. There are two ways to vote by absentee ballot: by mail or in person.

Absentee Ballot By Mail

Download the absentee ballot application (as a PDF file) in:


You can also obtain absentee ballot application(s) by checking the box at the bottom of the voter registration form when you register, or by calling the voter hotline.

Fill out the application and mail it to the BOE office in your borough. It must be postmarked at least 7 days before the election. The BOE will mail you an absentee ballot, which you will fill out and mail to your local BOE office. The absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the BOE no later than the 7th day after the election.

You can also hand deliver your absentee ballot application to the BOE office in your borough (no later than the day before the election) and receive your absentee ballot immediately.

Absentee Voting in Person

Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day. Absentee voting in person is conducted at your borough office Mon.-Fri. and on the weekend prior to Election Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Election Day.

Absentee Voting Due to Sudden Illness or Accident

If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you cannot appear at your poll site on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, then you may send a representative to your borough office with a written letter of authorization to receive an absentee ballot on your behalf. A completed application and your completed ballot must be returned to the BOE office in your borough by 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Voting by Absentee Ballot on a Permanent Basis

If you are permanently ill or disabled and cannot get to your poll site, you can vote by absentee ballot on a permanent basis by getting on the New York City Board of Elections permanent absentee ballot list. Just check the box marked "permanent illness or physical disability" of the absentee ballot application, and the BOE will automatically send you an absentee ballot application for each election for which you qualify to vote.

Please note: Some poll sites are accessible to New Yorkers with disabilities. Voters can find out if their poll sites are accessible for the disabled by calling the voter hotline. Disabled voters whose poll sites are not accessible can request to vote at the nearest poll site in their district that is accessible.