Vote By Mail

Simple, safe, and secure voting. Request your absentee ballot by June 15!

What is absentee voting / voting by mail?

Absentee voting allows you to request that a ballot be delivered to you by mail, which you can then return to the Board of Elections to cast your vote. You must request an absentee ballot by June 15, and here's how:

  • Online: fill out the form available at nycabsentee.com.
  • By phone: call 1-866-VOTE-NYC, and you can get a postage-paid absentee ballot application mailed to you. and mail it back to this address: New York City Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th Fl. New York, NY 10004.
  • By email: download the absentee ballot application here, and either email it to apply4absentee@boe.nyc. 
  • On paper: download the absentee ballot application here, and mail/hand-deliver it to the New York County Board of Elections, 200 Varick Street - 10th Floor, New York NY 10014
  • By phone: call 1-866-VOTE-NYC, and you can get a postage-paid absentee ballot application mailed to you. and mail it back to this address: New York City Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th Fl. New York, NY 10004.

Instructions: when filling out the absentee ballot application, please check "temporary illness" as the reason for the request. As of 2020, this option includes the "risk of contracting or spreading" COVID-19. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is June 15, but we recommend submitting the application as soon as possible.

Can I vote by mail? Am I eligible?

For the upcoming election on June 22, all New Yorkers are eligible to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I get an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

You must request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you by June 15, and here's how:

  • Online: fill out the form available at nycabsentee.com.
  • By phone: call 1-866-VOTE-NYC, and you can get a postage-paid absentee ballot application mailed to you. and mail it back to this address: New York City Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th Fl. New York, NY 10004.
  • By email: download the absentee ballot application here, and either email it to apply4absentee@boe.nyc. 
  • On paper: download the absentee ballot application here, and mail/hand-deliver it to the New York County Board of Elections, 200 Varick Street - 10th Floor, New York NY 10014
  • By phone: call 1-866-VOTE-NYC, and you can get a postage-paid absentee ballot application mailed to you. and mail it back to this address: New York City Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th Fl. New York, NY 10004.

Instructions: when filling out the absentee ballot application, please check "temporary illness" as the reason for the request. As of 2020, this option includes the "risk of contracting or spreading" COVID-19. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is June 15, but we recommend submitting the application as soon as possible.

I requested an absentee ballot but haven't received it. Where's my ballot?

You can track the status of your absentee ballot request online here.

When is the last day to request an absentee ballot?

The last day to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, June 15.

How do I fill out my absentee ballot and vote for Dan?

For the Manhattan District Attorney election, please note that you will only be able to choose one candidate (so only fill in the bubble next to "Dan Quart").

For New York City elections such as Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, and City Council, you’ll have the option of "ranking" up to 5 candidates in the order of your preference. Learn more about ranked choice voting here.

IMPORTANT
: make sure to sign both your ballot and the envelope you put your ballot in.

How do I return my absentee ballot and cast my vote?

You can return your absentee ballot in one of two ways:

  • By mail: mail back your absentee ballot in the provided envelope. Note that postage is not prepaid, and the Board of Elections recommends that you apply two stamps to your ballot to make sure it arrives on time! Your ballot must be postmarked by June 22, election day.
  • In-person: you may also drop off your absentee ballot at any poll site in Manhattan during early voting from June 12 - June 20, or on election day on June 22. Find your nearest poll site here.

Do I need to include postage when mailing back my absentee ballot?

Yes. Note that postage is not prepaid, and the Board of Elections recommends that you apply two stamps to your ballot to make sure it arrives on time! Your ballot must be postmarked by June 22, election day.

When is the last day to return an absentee ballot?

If you are mailing back your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by election day on June 22.

You may also drop off your absentee ballot at any poll site in Manhattan during early voting from June 12 - June 20, or on election day on June 22. Find your nearest poll site here.

Does the Manhattan D.A. race have ranked choice voting?

No. For the Manhattan District Attorney election, you will only be able to choose one candidate (so only fill in the bubble next to "Dan Quart").

For New York City elections such as Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, and City Council, you’ll have the option of "ranking" up to 5 candidates in the order of your preference. Learn more about ranked choice voting here.

I requested / returned an absentee ballot. Can I still vote in person?

Yes! If you choose to vote in person (either on election day or during early voting) after submitting your absentee ballot, only your in-person vote will count.

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