All NYC voters can vote by mail
Voting by mail is a safe, easy, and secure way to cast your vote! This is a great option if you are unable to vote in person, have health or safety concerns, or just want to vote from the comfort of home.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2nd election is October 18th. We recommend requesting your absentee ballot as soon as possible.
Why are all New York voters eligible?
Currently, all NYC voters are eligible to vote by mail due to COVID-19. A recent law gives all NYC voters the option to vote by mail in 2021.
Did you know: Over 33x more voters requested absentee ballots in the June 2020 presidential primary election than in the 2016 presidential primary election.
How to Vote by Mail
To vote by mail you must request an absentee ballot from the NYC Board of Elections. You can request an absentee ballot online, by mail, or by phone.
Accessible absentee ballots that can be read by a screen reader are also available for voters who are visually impaired.
You can request an absentee ballot from the NYC Board of Elections website. It takes less than two minutes!
To request an absentee ballot over email, you can email a signed, completed PDF of your ballot request form to AbsenteeHelp@boe.nyc.
You can also call the NYC Board of Elections to ask for a ballot request form. Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692).
To complete your ballot:
- Use a blue or black pen.
- Mark your choices by completely filling in the ovals.
- Place your ballot in the ballot envelope. Sign and date the back of your ballot envelope by the red X.
- Place your ballot envelope in the return envelope with the barcode.
You can return your absentee ballot by mailing it to the NYC Board of Elections or dropping it off at a ballot box.
Mail in your ballot
- Your ballot must be postmarked by November 2nd. We recommend mailing it in as soon as possible!
- You must add postage to mail in your ballot. We recommend two stamps.
Drop off your ballot
- You can drop your ballot in a ballot box at any poll site or Board of Elections office by November 2nd.
- You do not need postage if you are dropping off your ballot.
The Board of Elections is required by law to notify you if there is a curable error on your ballot envelope, such as a missing or incorrect signature. If there is a fixable error on your ballot, they will contact you by mail, email, and phone (if available) within 1 day of discovering the error. You will then have a minimum of 5 days to correct the error by returning a signed affirmation.
Can I still vote in person if I request or submit an absentee ballot?
Yes! If you vote in person after requesting or submitting an absentee ballot, your absentee ballot is automatically disqualified. Only your in person vote will count. You can either vote early or on Election Day. You do not need to bring your ballot with you.
Can I vote absentee in person?
Sounds strange, but it’s true! You can vote absentee in person at your borough’s Board of Elections office. Offices are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and on the weekend prior to Election Day. This can be a helpful option if you miss the deadline to request a ballot online or by mail. On Election Day offices are open until 9pm. Find your local Board of Elections office.
Can I join a permanent absentee ballot list?
Yes! If you are permanently ill or disabled and cannot get to your poll site, you can join the Board of Elections permanent absentee ballot list. To join, check the box marked “permanent illness or physical disability” on the absentee ballot application. The Board of Elections will automatically send you an absentee ballot application for every election you are qualified to vote in.
What happens if the Board of Elections doesn’t receive my ballot by Election Day?
The Board of Elections can receive ballots up to seven days after Election Day. However, you must postmark by November 2nd for your ballot to be valid.