April 13, 2020
All New Yorkers Can Choose to Vote Absentee on June 23
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an Executive Order that allows all New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot for the June 23 elections, to prevent long lines at the polls that could put people at risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
“[...] due to the prevalence and community spread of COVID-19, an absentee ballot can be granted based on temporary illness and shall include the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus for any election held on or before June 23, 2020.”
Requesting an Absentee Ballot:
Online: Voters can obtain an absentee ballot application online from the state Board of Elections, in English and Spanish. The New York City Board of Elections also provides forms in Chinese, Korean, and Bengali.
Mail: Voters can also request an absentee ballot by mailing a letter to their local board of election postmarked between May 24 and June 16. That is, May 24th is the earliest an absentee ballot can be requested by mail.
Phone: New York City voters can also request an application by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692). The city BOE will then mail the voter a postage-paid application. All voters can designate someone else to pick up an application and absentee ballot if they have a valid reason for not being able to do so personally.
Filing Your Absentee Ballot:
- June 22 is the last day to file an absentee ballot application in person or postmark an absentee ballot by mail.
- If another individual is designated to file the ballot, they must do so by June 23.
- A mailed ballot must be received by June 30 to count.
Voter Registration Deadlines
To vote in the primary, an individual must postmark a registration application by May 29 – it has to be received by the BOE by June 3.
May 29 is also the last day to register in person at the BOE offices.
- A change of address will be processed if the BOE receives it by June 3.
A Recap on Absentee Ballot Deadlines
- June 16 is the last day to postmark application for the primary ballot.
- June 22 is the last day to apply in person for primary ballot at your county Board of Elections.
- June 22 is the last day to postmark ballot and it must be received by the county Board of Elections no later than June 30.
- June 23 is the last day to deliver primary ballot in person to county Board of Elections’ office by close of polls.
- It is still on! At least so far. Dates: Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 21
Since New York holds closed primaries, only those voters who have designated a political party on their voter registration can cast a ballot in that party’s primary. However, the deadline for changing party affiliation has passed.