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COVID-19: Additional Resources

Absentee Voting

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Individuals must apply for an Absentee Ballot Application by mail, fax, e-mail, phone or online to obtain an absentee ballot. Once the absentee ballot is received individuals must complete it and submit it by mail or in-person to their local borough’s Board of Elections office.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot


Individuals must apply for an Absentee Ballot Application. The application is available at Applications in additional languages are found at

Complete the application and submit it by any of the following methods:


  • Absent from NYC on Election Day;
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because the individual is the primary care give of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled;
  • A patient or inmate in a VA hospital;or
  • Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony


If an individual is affected by COVID-19 and/or potential of contracting the virus, they should check the box for “Temporary Illness” on the application. The definition has been expanded to include “a risk of contracting or spreading a disease” such as COVID-19.


Individuals must postmark, apply online, e-mail or fax a completed application for the General Absentee ballot by October 27, 2020. However, individuals may apply for an Absentee Ballot Application in-person at the Board of Elections (addresses are found at by November 2nd.

If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and the individual cannot appear at the polls on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, they may send a representative with an authorized letter to receive an Absentee Ballot Application and the Absentee Ballot and return both to the Board of Elections by 9 pm on Election Day at their borough office, which can be found at

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting begins as soon as the absentee ballots are available and ends on Election Day.

After completing the Absentee Ballot, individuals should fold the ballot and enclose in the small envelope that was included with the Absentee Ballot. Individuals should sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and place it in the larger envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections. Individuals may mail or deliver the ballot in person to their borough’s Board of Elections office.

An absentee ballot by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election to be counted.