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Absentee Voting

Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot by mail for the General Election is Monday, October 23rd.

Absentee Status Check...

  • Trying to find out the status of your Absentee Ballot Application or Ballot?  View the Absentee Status Check

Important Election Law Update

Per recent changes to NYS Election Law, voters that apply for absentee ballots are no longer able to cast their ballot on voting machines if they choose to vote at an Election Day or Early Voting polling location after an absentee ballot has been issued. Absentee voters are still eligible to vote via affidavit ballot on Election Day or at an Early Voting polling location if they choose.

To Qualify to Vote by Absentee Ballot...

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.

  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.

  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.

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

What type of Absentee Voter/Ballot Should You Use:

  • Civilian Absentee - (traveling, temporary illness, student at school, etc.)

  • Permanent Absentee - (limited mobility, age, or permanent health issues)

  • Special Ballot Absentee - (election workers, religious objection, victim/witness protection)

  • Military Absentee - (active service, guard, merchant marine, or spouse/dependent)

  • UOCAVA Absentee - (U.S. Citizen traveling/residing/studying abroad temporarily)

  • Federal Absentee - (U.S. Citizen residing outside the country indefinitely)

  • Accessible Absentee - (voters in need of an electronic screen/ballot reader and marking device)

Completing your Application:

  • Select ballot type, select the elections or time frame of which you'd like to receive eligible ballots.

  • Include Voter Residence Address, date of birth, and contact number (in case of issues in delivery). 

  • Ballot Delivery Address - if traveling or wintering south - ballots DO NOT forward.

       Please note: ballots begin mailing 45 days prior to an election for military and 35 days for civilians.

  • Sign and return application - the BOE must RECEIVE application no later than 15 days prior to an election, unless being brought in over-the-counter.


Determine your type of Absentee from above and click the associated button below to apply.


Determine your type of Absentee from above and click the associated button below to apply.


Applications sent by US mail, Overnight Carrier, E-Mail, or Absentee Portal can be received by the Board of Elections no later than 15 days before an Election.  After that deadline, applications can be brought in over-the-counter to the Board of Elections through the day before an Election.

How to cast your Absentee Ballot:

Once the Board of Elections has processed your application and they will issue you an Absentee Ballot.


Absentee Ballots are returned in postage paid envelopes. Those Ballots

can also be returned in-person to the Board of Elections, in-person at

an Early Voting Center or Election Day Poll Site (during voting hours). 


If you are visually impaired or otherwise have a disability such that your disability requires you to use a special accessible absentee ballot that can be read by a screen reader, you have two accessible options to request such a ballot on this page, either using the Accessible Electronic Ballot Application Voter Portal. 

Please Note:  Public accessible computers/printers are available at the Broome County Public Library on Court St in Binghamton.  Each Early Voting Center and Poll Site will also have voting machines capable of Accessible Voting with Ballot Marking Devices.

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