All NYC voters can vote by mail
Voting by mail is a safe, easy, and secure way to cast your vote! This is a great option if you are unable to vote in person, have health or safety concerns, or just want to vote from the comfort of home.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 8 general election is October 24. We recommend requesting your absentee ballot as soon as possible.
Why are all New York voters eligible?
Currently, all NYC voters are eligible to vote by mail due to COVID-19.
Did you know: Over 33x more voters requested absentee ballots in the August 2020 presidential primary election than in the 2016 presidential primary election.
How to Vote by Mail
Can I still vote in person if I request or submit an absentee ballot?
If you requested an absentee ballot, then you should plan to vote with it. You can drop off your completed absentee ballot at any voting site while polls are open. However, if you choose to vote in person after requesting an absentee ballot, you will have to vote with an affidavit ballot at your poll site. This ballot will look different. Ask a poll worker for help if you need it.
Can I vote absentee in person?
Sounds strange, but it’s true! You can vote absentee in person at your borough’s Board of Elections office. Offices are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and on the weekend prior to Election Day. This can be a helpful option if you miss the deadline to request a ballot online or by mail. On Election Day offices are open until 9pm. Find your local Board of Elections office.
Can I join a permanent absentee ballot list?
Yes! If you are permanently ill or disabled and cannot get to your poll site, you can join the Board of Elections permanent absentee ballot list. To join, check the box marked “permanent illness or physical disability” on the absentee ballot application. The Board of Elections will automatically send you an absentee ballot application for every election you are qualified to vote in.
What happens if the Board of Elections doesn’t receive my ballot by Election Day?
The Board of Elections can receive ballots up to seven days after Election Day. However, you must postmark by November 8 for your ballot to be valid.