Absent from the county on election day
Temporary illness or physical disability (Use this reason if you are concerned about contracting an illness by visiting the polls)
Permanent illness or physical disability
Duties related to primary care of one of more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
Resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
Detention in jail/prison, awaiting trial, awaiting action by a grand jury, or in prison for a conviction of a crime or offense which was not a felony
How to Vote by Absentee Ballot
Option #1: Online -- You may apply through the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Portal.
Option #3: Online, then By Mail: You may download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form and mail it to us (175 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601)
Option #4: Online, then By Fax: You may download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form and fax it to us: (315) 785-5197.
Option #5: Over the phone: You may call us between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (315) 785-3027.
Option #6: Over the phone, then through the mail: You may call us between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (315) 785-3027 and request that an application be mailed to you. If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.
Option #7: In person: You may pick up an absentee ballot application at 175 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Unless you are permanently ill or disabled, you will need to re-apply in any year you'll need an application ballot. Those with disabilities or permanent illness have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Select "permanent illness or disability" when returning your ballot application. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.
Send completed absentee applications to the Jefferson County Board of Elections at: 175 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601
Ballots must be postmarked by the day of election and received by the county Board of Elections within seven days following the election (14 days for military and overseas voters) in order to be counted.
If you are visually impaired or otherwise disabled, such that your disability requires you to use an accessible absentee ballot application, you have two accessible options to request a ballot using the
Option #1: You may apply using the Accessible Electronic Ballot Application Portal or;
Absentee Drop Off
Absentees can be mailed or dropped off at any time on or before Nov. 3. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT!
Before election day: You can drop your ballot off at our office.
Early Voting Days: You will not have to wait in line to drop your ballot off at the early voting site during any of our early voting hours. There will be a secured bag for absentees for you, or an inspector, to place your ballot in.
Election Day: You will be able to drop in a secured Absentee ballot bag without having to wait in line at any of our poll sites. You can also drop your ballot off at our office.