Primaries are Coming Up Next Month; How to Vote By Mail


Photo via USPS.

The state had canceled this year’s presidential primary on June 23, but a judge has reinstated it. And people don’t have to go out to vote — every voter is expected to receive an application for an absentee ballot in the mail.

In addition to the presidential primary, there will be other races on the ballot too.

Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell sent the following info on what to do:

Pursuant to an Executive Order announced today, all voters will be mailed applications for an absentee ballot for the June 23rd Primary. The applications will be mailed in the coming weeks, and will come with prepaid postage for the application’s return. The application is returned to the Board of Election, which will then mail you your ballot. Additional logistics will be announced in the coming days. At this time, in person voting is still planned to be available as well.

How can I check my current voter registration?
Use the NYC Voter Search website:  https://www.nycvotersearch.com

What if I am not isolating at my voting address? 
The Board of Election is looking into the best way to get ballots to individuals isolating at a different location than their voting address. We hope for clear answers soon. For those interested, one option will be to have USPS Forward all your mail to your current location. You can sign up for this service here: https://www.usps.com/manage/forward.htm

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    1. paulcons says:

      Does that application cover all subsequent elections in the state, or does the process need to happen for each and every election day?

      • lynn says:

        The one that’s online shows: June 23, 2020 Elections ONLY. I hope they’ll do it for all elections.

      • Elizabeth Kellner says:

        The language of the Governor’s Executive Order was inexplicably ambiguous on this point. No doubt Republicans would love to create confusion and additional burdens to voting in November. What has not changed is that we have the early voting options. Given the time window for that, everyone who can possibly get out to vote, and may be concerned about the absentee ballot option, has numerous opportunities to vote in person in a hopefully minimally crowded environment.

    2. Andrew says:

      You can also request an absentee ballot online here: https://nycabsentee.com/. Takes less than two minutes and saves the BOE the return shipping.

    3. Morgan Johnson says:

      “ every voter is expected to receive an absentee ballot in the mail.” That’s not true – every voter will get an application to apply for an absentee ballot.

    4. Chris says:

      I would not count on vote by mail we are currently only getting mail twice a week at West 63rd street (for the past 1 1/2 months). I received mail yesterday that took 12 days to get here from Boston. Mail going out even worse. Local NYC mail going out takes 3-5 days

    5. Bree140 says:

      The statement “every voter is expected to receive an absentee ballot in the mail” (in the second sentence of the article) is misleading. As the statement from Daniel O’Donnell makes clear, what voters will (or should) receive in the mail is an *application* for an absentee ballot. Voters will then have to fill out the application and return it to the Board of Election, which will then mail them an absentee ballot. As another commenter has pointed out, you can also apply for an absentee ballot online — just don’t expect to get an absentee ballot in the mail without applying for it, either online or by mailing back the application form you will get in the mail.

    6. Mary Wytko says:

      This is fabulous info. Thanks so much!!!!

    7. Barbara Selwitz says:

      I sent in an absentee ballot before the date of the presidential primary was changed. Is that ballot still valid? I have emailed several sites with this question and never received an answer.
      Does anyone know the answer.

    8. Gloria says:

      I’ve already applied and received in mid-March the “New York State Absentee Ballot Application.”Is this the same form that the Executive Order has ordered to be mailed to all voters?

    9. sheila wolk says:

      nerve wracking since in our bldg on West 87th street gets snail mail maybe 2 times a week if that much now because of corona and sick mailmen that have to stay home 🙁

    10. ChrisUWS says:

      Just FYI, I would not rely on mail forwarding as any kind of viable option (as suggested by Daniel O’Donnell at the end of this article). I moved from the west 90s to the west 70s right before the city shut down and, despite filing the requisite paperwork and subsequently having several very long calls with some very well meaning USPS employees, not one piece of mail has been successfully forwarded from my old address. It’s now been over two months, and I’ve given up hope. As mentioned here and elsewhere, things are not functioning well at the good ol’ USPS these days… I post this not to complain, but just in case the info might help others avoid relying on this service.