Last updated on November 1, 2016
New York absentee ballot deadlines
- Absentee ballot application deadlines: Postmarked by the USPS no later than seven days before Election Day (by mail).
Received by the day before Election Day (in person).
- Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by USPS by the day before Election Day and received no later than the 7th day after Election Day (by mail). Received by close of polls on Election Day (in person).
New York absentee ballot rules
You may vote by absentee ballot in New York if:
- you are unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
- you are unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability
- you are a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
- you are detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony
New York absentee ballot directions
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
Once you receive your ballot...
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.