All NYC voters can vote by mail
Next Election: Special Elections for New York City Council Districts 11 and 15 in the Bronx on March 23rd. Learn more.
There are several ways to request your ballot:
- Online at nycabsentee.com
- Email request form to Apply4Absentee@boe.nyc (PDF of completed, signed request form)
- Mail request form to your local borough office
- Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)
- Fax request form to 212-487-5349
If you are visually impaired or have a disability, you may request an accessible absentee ballot that can be read by a screen reader at nycabsentee.com/accessibility.
Track your ballot: nycabsentee.com/tracking
Am I still eligible to vote in person if I request a ballot?
Yes! You can still vote early in person or on Election Day if you request a ballot. Your early voting site may be different from your Election Day poll site, so make sure to check before you go. You can find your poll sites at findmypollsite.vote.nyc.
What if there is an issue with my ballot? Will I have a chance to fix it? How?
A new law requires the Board of Elections to give voters a chance to fix or “cure” common errors with their ballot envelopes, such as a missing or incorrect signature. If there is a fixable error with your ballot, the Board of Elections will notify you by mail, email, and phone (if available) within 1 day of discovering the error, and you will have a minimum of 5 days to correct the issue by returning a signed affirmation.
Do I need to put stamps on my ballot?
Yes, make sure to add postage to the outside of the return envelope before you place it in the mail. The return envelope will list the address of your local Board of Elections office and include a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail.”
I am currently living abroad. Can I vote by mail?
Yes! You can find more information from the Federal Voting Assistance Program at www.fvap.gov.
Print-at-Home Absentee Ballot Request Form
You must submit your completed absentee ballot request to your borough’s Board of Elections by December 15, but we encourage you to request your ballot as soon as possible. Mailing addresses are on page 2 of the request form above.
You can also vote by absentee ballot if you are a registered voter and cannot make it to your polling site on Election Day because of your:
- imprisonment (other than a convicted felon)
- illness, disability, hospitalization, or residence in a long-term care facility
There are two ways to vote by absentee ballot: by mail or in-person.
If you know you will need to vote by absentee ballot, you can download, complete, and submit an absentee ballot application to the BOE office in your borough at least seven days before the election.
The BOE will mail you a ballot, which you will need to fill out and mail to your local BOE office no later than the day of the election; the BOE must receive it no later than seven days after the election.
You can also hand deliver your absentee ballot application to the BOE office in your borough (no later than the day before the election) and receive your absentee ballot immediately.
In-person absentee voting begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day. You may vote absentee at the BOE office in your borough Monday through Friday and on the weekend prior to Election Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Election Day.
If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you cannot appear at your poll site on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, you may send a representative to your borough office with a written letter of authorization to receive an absentee ballot on your behalf. A completed application and your completed ballot must be returned to the BOE office in your borough by 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.
If you are permanently ill or disabled and cannot get to your poll site, you can vote by absentee ballot on a permanent basis by getting on the New York City Board of Elections permanent absentee ballot list. Check the box marked “permanent illness or physical disability” of the absentee ballot application, and the BOE will automatically send you an absentee ballot application for each election for which you qualify to vote.
Note: Some poll sites are accessible to New Yorkers with disabilities. Voters can find out if their poll sites are accessible for the disabled by calling the voter hotline, 1-866-Vote-NYC. Disabled voters whose poll sites are not accessible can request to vote at the nearest poll site in their district that is accessible.