Registered voters may vote by absentee ballot if they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day because of one of the following reasons:
- Imprisonment (not including convicted felons)
- Residency in a long-term care facility
You cannot apply for an Absentee Ballot on Election Day. You can deliver a completed Absentee Ballot and envelope to the BOE Borough Office up until 9 PM on Election Day.
You can request an absentee ballot application or find out how to submit an absentee ballot.
Learn more about absentee voting.
Absentee Ballot Application
An Absentee Ballot Application is required to receive an absentee ballot. An application must include the following information:
- Your name
- The home address listed on your voter registration
- Your mailing address (if different)
- Your reason for voting absentee
- Your signature
You can get an application by:
Download an absentee ballot application.
Visit one of the Board of Elections borough offices.
You can have a postage-paid application mailed to you.
Call 311 to request a paper copy.
By Mail Absentee Voting
You can mail your absentee ballot to your Board of Elections borough office. To be counted, your absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day. It also must reach the borough office no later than 7 days after the election has ended.
In Person Absentee Voting
Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day.
You can find a list of dates pertaining to each election and the additional days and hours for in-office absentee voting, on the Board of Elections website.
Visit the NYC Board of Elections website.
You can cast your absentee ballot at one of the Board of Elections (BOE) Borough Offices. Unless otherwise noted, offices are open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, except on Election Day when their hours are 6 AM to 9 PM.
Emergency Absentee Ballots
If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and a person cannot appear at the polls on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, they may send a representative. The representative must have an authorized letter to receive 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, must be delivered to your Board of Elections Borough Office by 9 PM on Election Day.