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Important dates for the upcoming Presidential Election

Qualifications to vote by Absentee Ballot deadlines

  1. Absent from your 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.

When is it due?

  • You must apply online, postmark, e-mail or fax a completed application or letter request for the General Election Absentee ballot no later than seven days, Oct. 27, 2020, before the election.
  • You may apply in-person up to the day before the election, Nov. 2, 2020.
  • You may file an application at any time before the deadlines, but ballots will be mailed out after Sept. 18, 2020.
  • Please be aware that despite the above deadlines the post office has advised that they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election.

How to apply for an Absentee Ballot

You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  • Electronically through the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Portal
  • By sending an email request to
  • By sending a fax request to (914) 995-7753 or (914) 995-3190
  • By going in-person to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas St., White Plains, NY 10601
  • By mailing a paper application to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas St., White Plains, NY 10601
  • By telephoning a request at our office by calling (914) 995-5285 or (914)995-5291

You can download a pdf version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form:

Absentee Ballot application deadlines
Upon completion, applications must be mailed to the Westchester County Board of Elections no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.

By sending a letter to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas St., White Plains, NY 10601, the letter must contain the following information:

  1. Name and date of birth of the voter
  2. The address where you are registered
  3. An address where the ballot is to be sent
  4. The reason for the request, and
  5. The signature of the voter

If you apply by letter: An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned 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.

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 with the Westchester County Board of Elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is cancelled.

If you are visually impaired or otherwise disabled, such that your disability requires you to use an accessible absentee ballot application: You have two accessible options to request a ballot on this page, either using the Accessible Electronic Ballot Application Portal or by filling out the Accessible Absentee Ballot Application.

Access the Electronic Accessible Absentee Ballot Application Portal
Download the Accessible Absentee Ballot Application
Download the Spanish Accessible Absentee Ballot Application

Important: How to cast an Absentee Ballot

Please carefully review and follow the instructions below. Each step is important and required.

  • Once you have received the ballot, mark the ballot according to your choices for each office following the instructions on the ballot.
  • Once you have completed marking your ballot, fold it up and place it in the Security Ballot Envelope. This envelope will have a place for your signature.
  • Sign and date the outside of the Security Ballot Envelope.
  • Seal the Security Ballot Envelope.
  • Place the Security Ballot Envelope in the Return Ballot Envelope. (This envelope will have the return address of the Westchester County Board of Elections on the outside and should have a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail”)
  • Seal the Return Ballot Envelope.

You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:

  1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than Tuesday, Nov. 3.
  2. Bringing it to the Westchester County Board of Elections’ Office no later than Tuesday, Nov. 3.
  3. Bringing it to an early voting poll site between Saturday, October 24th through Sunday, Nov. 1.
  4. Bringing it to a poll site on Tuesday, Nov. 3.