The Presidential Primary has been postponed until June 23, 2020. Voting is expected to go forward in person on June 23. People with disabilities are permitted to vote by absentee ballot. In addition, Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order in April allowingAccessible Absentee Ballot flyer 2020.06.04 any voter wishing to vote via absentee ballot to do so. The risk of COVID-19 infection is covered under the qualifications to vote by Absentee Ballot under the temporary illness category.
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.
How to Vote by Absentee Ballot
Go to the Rockland County Board of Elections website to download an Absentee Ballot Application to print, complete, and mail to them:
Mailing Address: Rockland County Board of Elections, 11 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY 10956
The RC Board of Elections has mailed Absentee Ballots for the June 23 Primary. You can also obtain an Absentee Ballot online:
- A printable, PDF version of the NYS Absentee Ballot Application Form (English and Spanish)
- Complete the application and mail it to RC Board of Elections no later than June 16th, the 7th day before the election, or deliver it in person no later than the day before the election.
- You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to RC Board of Elections. The letter must be received no earlier than 30 days and no later than 7 days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
- the address where you are registered
- an address where the ballot is to be sent
- the reason for the request, and
- 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 your 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 canceled.
2020 Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines
FOR PRIMARY ELECTION AND RESCHEDULED PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
|June 16||Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.|
|June 22||Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.|
|June 22||Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than June 30th.|
|June 23||Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).|
After you finished filling out your ballot, fold the ballot and put it in a smaller envelope. You will need to sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in a larger envelope addressed to the Board of Elections. You can mail or deliver your ballot to your borough Board of Elections office.
If you’re mailing, the ballot will need to be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than seven days after the election to be counted.