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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
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 by mail must be received no later 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 Early Voting site. Click here for early voting dates and hours.
  • Absentee ballots may be delivered to any pollsite in the county during polling hours on election day.
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