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How to Vote by Absentee Ballot:

  1. Request your Absentee Ballot Application through TurboVote by October 16th, 2019.
  2. Once completed, return your application to your local election office. Applications must be postmarked by October 29, 2019.
  3. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions. Sign and date where indicated.

   4. Once completed, return your ballot to your local election office. Absentee Ballots must be post marked by November 4th and received no later than November 19th.


Who can vote absentee in NYS?:

Registered voters who are:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

Is it important for me to select a political party when registering?

Political party enrollment is optional but in order to vote in a primary election of a political party, a voter must enroll in that political party, unless state party rules allow otherwise. Currently, the democratic and republican parties' primaries are closed so only registered members of the respecitve parties can vote in their primaries. So, students who want to vote in a primary election in New York should plan to declare a party affiliation when registering. 

I moved within NY without updating my registration address. Can I vote?

If you have moved within the same election district, you have the right to vote on a machine in that election district. If you have moved within your county (or within New York City) you have the right to vote at the polling place for your new address by “Affidavit Ballot.”N.Y. Elec. Law § 8-302(3)(b)

Will voting in NY make me eligible for jury duty?


In NY, potential jurors are randomly selected from lists of registered voters, holders of drivers’ licenses or ID’s issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles, New York State income tax filers, recipients of unemployment insurance or family assistance, and from volunteers.

How can I vote if I am disabled?

  • IF YOU ARE MOBILITY CHALLENGED: Many but not all polls are handicapped accessible. Contact your local board of elections to see if your voting place is accessible. If it is not, you have the right to have a ballot brought out to you (such as a nearby parking lot) and to vote privately there. HAVA §301(a)(3) . You can also vote by absentee ballot.

What about accessibility?

In 2008, NY State introduced new voting systems designed to provide increased opportunities for individuals with a wide-range of accessibility needs to vote privately and independently through the use of audio and tactile interfaces. Check out this video to learn more:

How do I complete a ballot correctly?

Depending on the election, ballots can be pretty confusing to complete. When in doubt, ask one of the poll workers to show you how to complete it correctly. Have a look here for more information:

What will I use to cast my vote?

Monroe County uses the Image Cast Optical Scan Voting Machine. It’s basically a sophisticated scanning device. You’ll complete a paper ballot and insert the ballot into the machine. Have a look:

Can I vote in NY if I have been convicted of a misdemeanor?


Misdemeanors have no effect on voting rights in NY. People convicted of misdemeanors CAN vote even while incarcerated (absentee). (; N.Y. Elec. Law § 5-106)