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Eligibility

You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[1]

  • unavoidably absent from your county on election day
  • unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability
  • a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
  • detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony

Deadlines

Applications must be mailed to the county board of elections no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election. Voters may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to their county boards of election. The letter must be received by the county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. An application form will be mailed with the absentee ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with the ballot.[1]

If sent by mail, the returned ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election and received no later than the seventh day after the election. If submitted in person, the ballot must be received by close of polls on election day.[2]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.