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Absentee Voting


Executive Order 202.15 allows voters who are affected by COVID-19 pandemic and wish to apply to vote by absentee ballot to utilize the absentee ballot application (pdf 484KB) and check the box for “Temporary illness or physical disability” with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot. The Order contains no change in the application deadlines. Applications for absentee ballots may be made by mail, email, fax or in person.

Delivery of absentee ballots to voters still remains the same – via mail or in person. There is no change in the return methods: mail or in person. Applications for elections conducted after June 23rd revert back to the original process, unless further modified by an executive order or by law.

The link to read Executive Order 202.15 is here.

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot

  • Unavoidably absent from your county or, if a resident of the city of New York absent from said city, on Election Day;

  • Unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability;
    a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital;

  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony;

How to Vote by Absentee Ballot

  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.

  • You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form .  (55KB)

  • 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.

  • You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information: the address where you are registered an address where the ballot is to be sent the reason for the request, and the signature of the voter.
  • An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

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.

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. Simply file an application with your board of elections containing a statement which describes the particulars of your illness or disability. The Board will review the facts stated, and if satisfied, will mark your registration record. 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