Absentee Voting

Absentee Ballot Voting for Primary Election


Voting Options and Deadlines for Primary

For absentee applications received by email, fax or telephone, the deadline is close-of-business on June 16th.

Absentee applications received by postal mail with a postmark on or before June 16th must be processed.

After June 16th, voters may apply in person (over-the-counter) through June 22nd or by Early Voting from June 13-21. Please check with your local board of elections for Early Voting hours and locations.

Absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to the applicable Board of Elections by June 23, 2020.


On Friday, April 10, 2020, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.15 provides that “Section 8-400 of the Election Law is temporarily suspended and hereby modified to provide that due to the prevalence and community spread of COVID-19, an absentee ballot can be granted on temporary illness and shall include the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus for any election held on or before June 23, 2020.”

Voters who are affected by COVID pandemic and wish to apply to vote by absentee, would check the box for  “Temporary illness or physical disability” with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot.  

The Order contains no change in the application deadlines. Applications for absentee ballots may be made by mail to OCBOE, PO Box 30, Goshen, NY 10924, email - elections@orangecountygov.com, or by fax - (845) 291-2437.

Delivery of absentee ballots to voters still remains the same – via mail or in person. There is no change in the return methods: mail or in person. Applications for elections conducted after June 23rd revert back to the original process, unless further modified by an executive order or by law.

Orange County voters may request an Absentee Ballot Application for the Primary Day Election Day, Tuesday, June 23, 2020  by calling the Orange County Board of Elections at 845-360-6500 or 1-800-879-POLL, by email elections@orangecountygov.com or clicking the link, print and mail in or deliver in person -  Absentee Ballot Application.  

If you are a voter with special needs, you may also apply for an accessible absentee ballot using the NY Accessible Absentee Ballot Application  (pdf 120KB).

The last day to postmark an application to the Board of Elections for a ballot is:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Absentee Ballot Voting for General Election 

Orange County voters who will be out of the County on General Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 may request an Absentee Ballot Application by calling the Orange County Board of Elections at 845-360-6500 or 1-800-879-POLL, by email elections@orangecountygov.com or clicking the link, print and mail in or deliver in person -  Absentee Ballot Application

The last day to postmark an application for a ballot is:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Voters may also obtain a ballot in person at the Board of Elections office at 75 Webster Ave, Goshen. Between the hours of 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday thru Friday until November 2, 2020.

The Board of Elections will have extended hours for Absentee Balloting which will be announced later this year.

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.


Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.

Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election

If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application.  You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.