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Step 2: Plan Your Vote

There are three ways that you can vote in this election. You can:

  • Vote by mail. This is also known as voting via absentee ballot, and due to COVID-19, everyone in New York is eligible to vote by mail if they choose this year.
  • Vote in-person, from October 24th – November 1st.
  • Vote in-person, on Election Day, November 3rd

By Mail


The Post Office recommends requesting an absentee ballot before October 19th, and returning it by October 27th.

If you want to vote by mail, you must:

  • Request an absentee ballot ASAP. The official deadline to request a ballot by mail or online is October 27th. However, the Post Office has said it cannot guarantee the timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election (October 19). Don’t delay! You can apply for an absentee ballot in-person up to November 2.
  • Return your absentee ballot ASAP. Officially, the last day to postmark your ballot is November 3rd. However, if you send it via mail, the USPS recommends sending it no later than October 27th. It must be received by the local board of elections no later than November 10th. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than November 16th.
  • You can also hand deliver your ballot to your County Board of Elections or your early voting site.

In-Person

Early Voting

Your early voting site may be different than the site you would go to if you vote on Election Day.

If you want to vote early and in-person, you must:

  • Find your early voting site! For many people, this will be different from the site you would go to if you vote on Election Day.
  • Find out the day and time that work best for you. There are nine days of early voting: four weekend days and five weekdays. Each of the nine days have slightly different voting hours, to accommodate people who need to vote early in the morning, late at night, etc. Plan ahead!
  • Be safe. The coronavirus pandemic is still a threat to New Yorkers. Wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer to help protect yourself and others.

In-Person

Election Day

Election Day poll sites may be busy. Know your polling place and plan how and when to get there.

If you want to vote on Election Day in-person, you must:

  • Find your voting site! Your polling place is usually a public school, library, or community center near your home.
  • Be safe. The coronavirus pandemic is still a threat to New Yorkers. Wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer to help protect yourself and others.

Concerned about accessibility? Click here to learn about how New York is addressing voter access needs.