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Absentee Voting

Any registered voter who will be out of their county of residence on any primary, special or general election day due to occupation, business, vacation or studies; is ill or disabled; is detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony, may apply for a temporary absentee ballot.

Anyone who is permanently ill or disabled may apply for a permanent absentee ballot. The Board of Elections will investigate the facts given and, if satisfied, will mark the voter’s record "permanently disabled". A ballot will automatically be mailed for each election thereafter in which the voter is qualified to vote.

In New York State you may not vote in a primary election unless you are enrolled in the political party holding a primary. In this case, an absentee ballot would not be issued to anyone not enrolled in a party or to individuals enrolled in a party without any primary races. You may enroll in a party at anytime, but be aware that your enrollment may not take effect immediately.  For more information, see "ENROLL IN A POLITICAL PARTY OR CHANGE PARTY ENROLLMENT".

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Voters may apply for temporary or permanent absentee status either by sending a completed application to the Board of Elections office or by applying through the New York State Absentee Application Portal. by downloading, printing and mailing a paper Absentee Application or requesting an application by mail from the Board of Elections. 

Notes for the absentee voter-

  • Apply for your absentee ballot as soon as you know you will need it.
  • Once the ballots are printed, you can apply for, receive, and cast your ballot all in one trip to the county board of elections.

To request an absentee application or for further information on absentee voting, contact - Matt.Fleming@oswegocounty.com

MILITARY  AND OVERSEAS VOTING 
Members of the military who are serving overseas and citizens who will be out of the country on Election Day must submit a Military or Special Federal application.  To learn more and/or download an application, click here

ACCESSIBLE ABSENTEE VOTING
Visually impaired voters who wish to vote absentee may request an accessible ballot with access to assistive technologies.  To request an accessible ballot, click here


ABSENTEE FAQ

 HOW DOES AN ABSENTEE BALLOT WORK?
An absentee ballot is a paper ballot which looks exactly like the ballot on the voting machine. In this manner, your vote remains secret.

Keep in mind that unless the oath is signed and the ballot is enclosed in the secrecy envelope , your ballot will not be counted.  This ballot, if mailed, must be postmarked no later than the day before election or, if personally delivered, must be received by the Board of Elections no later than the close of polls on election day-9 p.m.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
It’s easy. Anytime during the year you may telephone or write to your county board of elections requesting an application for the ballot. You may also apply online through the New York State Absentee Application Portal, in person at the board of elections or have someone pick up the application for you.

Upon completion, the application must be mailed to the board of elections no later than seven days before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.

You may also apply online through the NYS website.  The link for the NYS Absentee Application Portal provided above.

WHAT IF I HAVE NO ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION AVAILABLE?

Absentee ballots may also be requested by a letter which must be received by the board of elections no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. This letter must contain:

  • the address where you are registered,
  • the address to which you want the ballot mailed,
  • the reason for the request and,
  • the signature of the applicant.
An absentee ballot will be sent along with an application form which you must then complete and return with your ballot.

Remember, unless you are eligible for a permanent absentee ballot or will be continuously absent between the dates of the primary and general election, you must file an application for each election.

WHEN DO I APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
You may request an absentee ballot application at any time.  Temporary Aabsentee applications may be submitted for any elections held during the current calendar year, temporary absentee status expires at the end of the year.

If you mail an application, it must be postmarked no later than fifteen days before the election for which you are requesting the absentee ballot. If you are delivering the application in person (or someone you have designated is delivering it for you) you may do so up until close of business (5 p.m.) the day before the Election.

Questions about the Oswego County Board of Elections?
E-Mail Democratic Commissioner Laura Brazak
E-Mail Republican Commissioner Peggy Bickford
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