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Eligibility

You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you are:[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[2]

—New York State Board of Elections

Deadlines

Absentee ballot 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. A voter may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to the county board 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.[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
  1. 1.0 1.1 New York State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Long Distance Voter, "New York Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 16, 2013