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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 June 28th primary election is June 13th. 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. A recent law gives all NYC voters the option to vote by mail in 2021.

Did you know: Over 33x more voters requested absentee ballots in the June 2020 presidential primary election than in the 2016 presidential primary election.

How to Vote by Mail

To vote by mail you must request an absentee ballot from the NYC Board of Elections. You can request an absentee ballot online, by mail, or by phone.

Accessible absentee ballots that can be read by a screen reader are also available for voters who are visually impaired.

Learn more about accessibility

You can request an absentee ballot from the NYC Board of Elections website. It takes less than two minutes!

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By Mail
To request an absentee ballot by mail, fill out a paper request form and mail it to your local NYC Board of Elections office. Download Absentee Ballot Request FormDownload Accessible Absentee Ballot Request FormFind Your Local Board of Elections Office

To request an absentee ballot over email, you can email a signed, completed PDF of your ballot request form to AbsenteeHelp@boe.nyc. 

You can also call the NYC Board of Elections to ask for a ballot request form. Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692).

To complete your ballot:

  1. Use a blue or black pen.
  2. Mark your choices by completely filling in the ovals. 
  3. Place your ballot in the ballot envelope. Sign and date the back of your ballot envelope by the red X.
  4. Place your ballot envelope in the return envelope with the barcode.

You can return your absentee ballot by mailing it to the NYC Board of Elections or dropping it off at a ballot box.

Mail in your ballot

  • Your ballot must be postmarked by June 28th We recommend mailing it in as soon as possible!
  • You must add postage to mail in your ballot. We recommend two stamps.

Drop off your ballot

  • You can drop your ballot in a ballot box at any poll site or Board of Elections office by June 28th.
  • You do not need postage if you are dropping off your ballot.

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You can track your ballot from the Board of Elections. The ballot tracker will let you know the status of your ballot after you submit a request. It will also let you know if the Board of Elections has received your completed ballot and whether it’s valid.

Track Your ballot

The Board of Elections is required by law to notify you if there is a curable error on your ballot envelope, such as a missing or incorrect signature. If there is a fixable error on your ballot, they will contact you by mail, email, and phone (if available) within 1 day of discovering the error. You will then have a minimum of 5 days to correct the error by returning a signed affirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 June 28th for your ballot to be valid.

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You can request your absentee ballot from the NYC Board of Elections

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You can track your ballot online from the NYC Board of Elections

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Key Dates

  • Early Voting - Assembly District 58

    Sat, May 14, 2022 - Sun, May 22, 2022
  • Special Election Day - Assembly District 58

    Tue, May 24, 2022
  • Voter Registration Deadline

    Fri, June 3, 2022
  • Early Voting

    Sat, June 18, 2022 - Sun, June 26, 2022