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Absentee Voting

The Governor has issued Executive Orders 202.15, 202.23 and 202.28, relating to absentee ballot applications for the June 23, 2020 primary and special election. The State Board of Elections is providing the following guidance in relation to processing absentee ballot applications for the June 23, 2020 primary and special election:
 
  • Executive Order 202.23, issued on April 24, 2020, requires County Boards of Elections to mail absentee ballot applications to all eligible active and inactive voters. Executive Order 202.28 provides that a County Board of Elections may amend the absentee ballot application form it mails to eligible active and inactive voters so as to limit the application to the June 23, 2020 primary or special election.
  • Any absentee ballot application that is received from the Executive Order 202.23 mailing and any applications received electronically, telephone, email or internet shall only be valid for the June 23, 2020 primary or special election.
  • Executive Order 202.28 did not disturb the status of voters that are in permanent absentee ballot status prior to the aforementioned Executive Orders. If a voter has been in permanent absentee ballot status, the voter shall continue to receive an absentee ballot for all applicable elections, including the General Election in November 2020.
  • A voter may still request, at any time, to be placed in permanent absentee ballot status through any statutorily valid means, including the Executive Order 202.23 mailing other than through an absentee ballot application that was obtained through modified conditions (electronically, telephone, email or internet) from any EO issued.
  • A voter may request to receive an absentee ballot for any statutorily valid reason for the November 2020 General Election through any valid means other than through an absentee ballot application that was obtained through modified conditions (electronically, telephone, email or internet) from any EO issued or that they received through the Executive Order 202.23 mailing.
**Pursuant to Executive Order 202.15 issued April 9, 2020, voters may request and vote via an absentee ballot for any election held on or before June 23, 2020 due to the potential to contract the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To request an absentee ballot, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application and check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot. A voter may request an absentee ballot as follows:
 
  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
  • You may also download a  Absentee Ballot Application Form (below).
  • Upon completion, applications must be mailed, emailed or faxed 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 later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
  1. your name and date of birth
  2. the address where you are registered
  3. an address where the ballot is to be sent
  4. the reason for the request.
The letter may be sent via mail, email or fax. 

If you are unable to make it to the polls on election day (out of the county, temporary or permanent disability, etc.) you may apply for an absentee ballot:
Otsego County Absentee Ballot Application

New York State Absentee Ballot Application

Ballot Marking Device (BMD) for voters with disabilities
A BMD is available for public use at the Board of Elections for voters who need assistance filling out their absentee ballot.

Military and Overseas voters may apply for ballots at FVAP.gov

If you need an absentee ballot becuase of your duties as an election official, religious scruples, or you are a victim of domestic violence:
Special Ballot Application

For more information visit the New York State Board of Elections website