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New legislation on Mail in Voting in New York State

Aug 21, 2020

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On Thursday, August 20, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new laws "that will make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and be counted in November." The legislation allows voters to request an absentee ballot due to risk of illness, including COVID-19, and expands the time frame for when those ballots can be requested and postmarked.

The three-part package includes new measures:

  1. allowing absentee ballot applications to be submitted to the Board of Elections immediately, adding almost 7 weeks to the amount of time a voter has to vote by absentee ballot,
  2. expanding the necessary protections to allow a voter to get an absentee ballot due to risk or fear of illness including COVID-19, and,
  3. ensuring all absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day or received by the Board of Elections without a postmark on the day after the Election will be counted. (Ballots with a postmark demonstrating that they were mailed on or before Election Day will be counted if received by November 10.) 

Read more about the August 20, 2020 legislation. Click here.

You may register to vote using the New York State Voter Registration Form accessible at the links below. You can also complete an Accessible version of the New York State Voter Registration Form on-line by clicking on the link below, typing the necessary information and selecting the appropriate boxes.

Read more about Voter Accessibility by clicking here.

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot

You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  • Electronically through our Absentee Application Portal (COMING SOON)
  • By sending an email request to your local county board of elections
  • By sending a fax request to your local county board of elections
  • By going in-person to your local county board of elections
  • By mailing a paper application to your local county board of elections

    You can download a PDF verson of the New York Sate Absentee Ballot Application Form:

    Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.