New York

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


NEW! As of August 20, 2020: New York usually requires an excuse to vote-by-mail, but concerns about Coronavirus count as a valid excuse in New York for the November election. Follow the application steps below. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html




Are there any other restrictions or requirements to apply?


If you've voted in New York before, registered in person, or provided ID at the time of registration, you don't need to provide ID to vote by mail. If you're voting in New York for the first time, registered to vote by mail and didn't provide ID when you registered, be sure to enclose a copy of your photo ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you return your ballot.




Who is allowed to vote-by-mail?


Voters may request an absentee ballot in New York due to:

  • absence from your county or, if a resident of New York City, absent from New York City, on Election Day
  • temporary illness or physical disability (use this one for concern over Coronavirus)
  • permanent illness or physical disability
  • duties related to primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
  • resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
  • detention in jail/prison, awaiting trial, awaiting action by a grand jury, or in prison for a conviction of a crime or offense which was not a felony




Where should I send my completed application?


Apply online or Return your completed application via m ail, email, fax, or in person to your county board's office. https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by October 27, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voter applications must be postmarked no later than October 9 and received no later than October 14, 2020.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received within seven days. All ballots without a postmark must be received by November 4, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


There may not be dedicated drop boxes established, but you can hand-deliver your ballot to your local election office or to any poll site.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


There is no electronic way to track your ballot, but you may call your local election office to see if it was received.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


October 24 - November 1, 2020




Link to information and locations:


https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html





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