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Absentee Voting

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot
  1. Absent from Otsego County on Election Day.
  2. Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19)
  3. Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  4. A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  5. Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
How to apply for an Absentee Ballot
You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:
  • By mailing a paper application no later than seven days before the election.
  • By using the New York State Absentee Application Portal (a paper application will be mailed with your ballot)
  • By sending a letter, fax, or email request. A paper application will be sent with your ballot. The application must be completed and returned in order for your ballot to be counted.
    • Must contain the following information:
    1. Your name and date of birth
    2. Your residence address
    3. The reason for requesting an absentee ballot
    4. The election type (primary/general/special) or range of dates
    5. The address where you want your ballot sent
    6. Your signature (if possible)
  • By phone 607-547-4247 (a paper application will be sent 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.

Permanent Absentee Status
If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an absentee ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application indicating permanent illness or disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is cancelled.

Military and Overseas Voters
Please apply using the Federal PostCard Application or visit FVAP.gov

Special Ballot Application
If may use a Special Ballot Application for any of the following:
  • Duties as an election worker will prevent you from appearing at your pollsite
  • Religious scruples prevent you from appearing at your pollsite
  • Victim of domestic violence
Deadlines
Applications
  • Applications must be mailed (postmarked) no later than seven days before an election (PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE POST OFFICE HAS ADVISED THAT THEY CANNOT GUARENTEE TIMELY DELIVERY OF BALLOTS APPLIED FOR LESS THAN FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION).
  • Applications may be delivered in person up until the day before an election.
Absentee Ballots
  • Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than  election day and received no later than seven days after the election.
  • Absentee ballots may be delivered to the Board of Elections no later then the close of polls on election day.
  • Absentee ballots may be delivered to any pollsite in the county during polling hours on election day.
Alternatives to mailing Absentee Ballots
In compliance with Executive Order 202.61, the voters of Otsego County may drop off completed absentee ballots at the Otsego County Board of Elections, located at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown, NY 13326 during regular office hours. The designated ballot drop off will be clearly posted at the entrance of the Board's office. Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Additionally, voters may drop off their ballots at the designated ballot drop off during early voting also located at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Click here for early voting dates and hours.

or at any Otsego County polling place on election day during polling hours (6am-9pm). Click here for a list of polling places.
The designated ballot drop off will be clearly marked and located at the entrance of each of these locations, thus avoiding any lines or delays for the voter.

All ballots will be secured, and transported to the County Board of Elections daily at the designated closing on each day.

Otsego County Absentee Ballot Application

New York Accessible Electronic 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.

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