To make sure New Yorkers stay safe during the upcoming June 23 primary while encouraging participation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently ordered changes to the voting process. To check the spread of the coronavirus, all registered voters may apply for an absentee ballot to vote in the primary. You can also still vote in person.
If you’re registered to vote in New York City
On the application, you should check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you want an absentee ballot. The definition was temporarily expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or facing the potential of contracting the virus.
Cuomo’s executive order calls for the state to include a postage-paid return envelope when it mails your ballot to you.
If you’re registered to vote in New York State
You can call your county’s Board of Election to request an absentee ballot. You may also download, print and email or mail this absentee ballot application.
Find out the phone number, email and mailing address for your Board of Election on this clickable County Boards of Election Map.
No matter where you’re registered, everyone
On the application, should check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you want an absentee ballot. The definition was temporarily expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or facing the potential of contracting the virus. You must request a ballot no later than June 16. The ballot itself must be postmarked by June 23 and received by the Board of Elections by June 30.
If you feel safe and prefer to vote in person
Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the primary and general election days.
The early voting period for the state and federal primary elections on June 23, 2020 will be from June 13, 2020 to June 21, 2020.
Make sure you are at the correct polling site and Election District (E.D.) for your address.
In NYC, find your poll site or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or e-mail your complete home address to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will e-mail your polling place location back to you. Please write the name of your borough in the subject line.
COVID-19 guidance for county boards and voters from the state Board of Elections
The state Board of Elections advises voters that they must wear face coverings and social distance at poll sites. In addition, they are encouraging voters to use voting methods that minimize direct contact with other people and reduce crowd size at polling stations by instead considering: voting by absentee ballot or participating in early voting, where voter crowds may be smaller throughout the day. If you need to vote in person on June 23, consider going at off-peak times like mid-morning and mid-afternoon.