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.
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