New Yorkers Can Now VOTE BY MAIL


  • New for 2024! Any registered voter may apply for an "Early Mail ballot" without the need to provide an excuse.
  • Who Qualifies for Absentee Ballots? New Yorkers may still vote by absentee ballot if the voter expects to be: (1) absent from their county or NYC; or (2) unable to appear at the polls because of illness or physical disability, or duties related to primary care of persons who are ill or physically disabled, or (3) because the voter is a patient of a hospital; or (4) because the voter is detained in jail but remains eligible to vote.
  • Voters may also request a ballot in-person at their local Board of Elections (or give a person they trust written permission to do so on their behalf in Section 6 of the application form), through close of business on Monday, February 12th, 2023.
  • Voters with disabilities can click here to request an accessible electronic ballot (can be used with a screen reader). NYC voters click here. Learn more Click Here.
  • Each person must apply themselves. It is a felony to make a false statement in an application for a mail ballot, to attempt to cast an illegal ballot, or to help anyone to cast an illegal ballot.
  • Return Your Ballot prior to 9 PM on Election Day using ANY of these methods:
    • By Mail, postmarked by Election Day (FREE! no postage stamp needed).
    • Drop it off at your Local Board of Elections Office during operating hours.
    • Drop it off at ANY Early Voting Site in your county during operating hours
    • Drop it off at ANY Election Day Poll Site in your county on Election Day (6 AM - 9 PM).
  • ALERT! New Ballot Counting Process and Lost Ballots: New York voters who have been mailed or issued a ballot and who then turn out to vote in person (Early Voting or on Election Day) may ONLY cast an affidavit ballot at the polls or vote the mail/absentee ballot. Only one ballot per voter will be counted.