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Absentee Voting Information

March 30th, 2016 Meeting to Clarify Absentee Procedure

Registered voters who will be outside of Sullivan County and those who are physically unable to appear at the polls on Election Day are eligible to receive absentee ballots.

There are several types of absentee voters:

MILITARY - Members of the Armed Forces and their dependents
REGULAR - Voters who are out of the county, or ill on Election Day or Primary Day
PERMANENTLY DISABLED – These voters are on a permanent list and receive a ballot for each election

SPECIAL BALLOT - For those who are unable to vote in person due to Religious Scruples, Duties for the Board of Elections or a Victim of Domestic Violence
SPECIAL FEDERAL – U. S. citizens living abroad whose last U. S. address was in Sullivan County are only allowed to vote for Federal Offices. These include President, Vice President, U. S. Senator, and Congress
SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL – Registered Sullivan County voters who have moved to another jurisdiction after the last day to register are only allowed to vote for President 

Download New York State Absentee Ballot Application (English Form)

Download New York State Absentee Ballot Application (Spanish Form)

You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your County Board of Elections. The letter must be received by the county Board of Elections no earlier than 30 days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • The address where you are registered
  • An address where the ballot should be sent
  • The reason for the request (Vacation, Permanent or Temporary Medical Disability, Caregiver, detention in jail for an offense other than a felony waiting for a trial)
  • The dates that you will be out of the county (optional)
  • The signature of the voter

If the Absentee Ballot is mailed back to the Board of Elections, it must be postmarked by the day before the election and received no later than seven days after the election.