Absentee voting in New York, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot 1. Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day. 2. Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19). 3. Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled. 4. A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital. 5. Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in New York allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
New Yorkers can vote early for the November 3, 2020 general election. Early voting starts on October 24, and runs until November 1, 2020. There are nine days of early voting prior to Election Day.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in New York on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.