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Absentee Voting

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