ABOUT Voting By Mail

How to Vote By Mail (Election 2020)

Requesting a ballot

  • To Vote By Mail: After October 27th, 2020 voters may only apply for an absentee ballot in-person or by designating someone in writing on this printable application (español) to pick it up at the local Board of Elections. This "in-person absentee" option is available until close of business on Monday, November 2.
  • When applying due to COVID-19, select "Temporary illness or physical disability" as the reason. This includes the potential for spreading or contracting COVID-19 illness.
  • Voters with disabilities may be eligible for an accessible electronic ballot (used with a screen reader). Learn more here.

Completing a ballot

  • After requesting a ballot, a voter will receive:
  • Absentee/Military Ballot: Follow the instructions! Mark your votes for each contest with a blue or black pen. Fill in the oval completely. Avoid making stray marks on the ballot (no signature here). Insert your ballot into:

  • Ballot (oath) Envelope: Must be sealed (do not use tape or glue), signed, and dated accurately. Insert this into:

  • Return Envelope: Postage IS NOT prepaid for Election 2020! See below for “dropbox” alternatives to mailing.
  • Voters with disabilities may:
  • Sign the Ballot (oath) Envelope themselves, or may make a mark and have that mark witnessed in the space provided on the Ballot (oath) Envelope for name and address of a witness.

    • A power of attorney or name stamp is not allowed.

Returning a ballot

  • Voters must return ballots prior to 9PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 using any of these methods:

  • By mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day. Return postage IS NOT prepaid.
  • Return postage costs 1 “forever stamp”. To be safe, NYC voters may decide to use 2 forever stamps.

  • The USPS is required by law to properly deliver election mail, regardless of insufficient postage.

  • By dropping it off at ANY Election Day poll site in the county during Election Day operating hours (6 AM - 9 PM). NYC voters may drop off ballots at ANY Election Day poll site in the Five Boroughs.


Know Your Absentee Voting Rights!

  • Even if you have requested, received, or returned a mail ballot, you can still vote in-person during Early Voting or on Election Day. New York Election Law ensures only the in-person ballot will be counted.
    • To see all voting options for your county or borough click here.
  • Opportunity to Cure Technical Errors. New due process safeguards require local boards of elections to allow voters to correct several clerical errors or technical defects that can occur when a voter completes an absentee ballot or envelope. Many are curable by filing a cure statement.
    • Impacted voters will receive a notice by email, phone, or snail mail from their local board of elections and will have a time-limited opportunity to cure the defect. The "Cure Process" is described here.

Vote By Mail

October 27 is the last day

to request a mail ballot online,
by email, phone, fax, or
by mail (postmark by deadline).

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