Request an Absentee Ballot

We encourage voters to apply early for an absentee ballot if needed.

If you will be absent from your county on election day because of your occupation, business, vacation, studies, or health issues, detained in jail, awaiting trial, or action by a grand jury, or in prison for a conviction of a crime or offense which was not a felony, you can request an absentee ballot by completing the Absentee Application. You may also vote by absentee ballot if you are ill or have a disability.

Request an Absentee Ballot

For the Visually Impaired

If you are visually impaired or otherwise have a disability such that your disability requires you to use a special accessible absentee ballot that can be read by a screen reader, you have two accessible options to request such a ballot on this page, either using the NY Accessible Electronic Ballot Application or Application Portal. Click here to see the Voter Accessible Absentee Ballot Application Request.

If you cannot affirm that you are visually impaired or otherwise disabled you must request a regular absentee ballot.

Military Voters

Persons serving in the Military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal state, and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence.

Visit the NYS Board of Election website for further detailed information.

Use the Federal Post Card Application (PDF) for Military and Overseas (Federal) Voters.

If you request an absentee ballot, you cannot vote at the polls, on the voting machine; but will be able to vote by Affidavit Ballot.