Military and Overseas (Federal) Voting

Military Voting

Qualifications

  • Persons serving in the military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence.


Registering/Applying for a Ballot

  • To register as a new military voter and/or to request an absentee ballot, you must complete a Federal Post Card Application and return it to your county board of elections in New York. 
  • This application will register you (if not already registered) and will also serve as your absentee ballot application for 2 federal general election cycles. 
  • Always be sure to share any change of address information with your county board of elections
  • Applications are available from your Voting Assistance Officer on base, or you can visit either the Federal Voting Assistance Program Website for forms and information. 
  • On this application, you may state a preference as to how you would like to receive your ballot. You can choose mail, fax or email as a preferred method of transmission. 
  • if you have stated a preference to receive your voting materials by email/online, you will receive an email notification directing you to the State's online ballot delivery site to access your ballot. 
  • Questions? Call the State Board of Elections at 518-474-1953 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at 1-800-438-8683, or contact your Voting Assistance Officer or US Embassy office or Consulate. 


Returning your Ballot


Tracking your Ballot

Military Voting Deadlines

FOR FEBRARY 13 SPECIAL ELECTION (CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3 & ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 77)

Date

Deadline Information 

January 20Last day for a board of elections to receive application to absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
February 6Last day for a board of elections to receive application for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
February 12Last day to apply for absentee ballot in person if previously registered. Sec 10-106(5). 
February 13Last day to postmark return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than February 26th. Sec 10-114(1). 

FOR APRIL 2 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

Date

Deadline Information 

March 23Last day for a board of elections to receive application to absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
March 26Last day for a board of elections to receive application for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
April 1Last day to apply for absentee ballot in person if previously registered. Sec 10-106(5). 
April 2Last day to postmark return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than April 9th. Sec 10-114(1). 

FOR JUNE 25 FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PRIMARY

Date

Deadline Information 

June 15Last day for a board of elections to receive application to absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
June 18Last day for a board of elections to receive application for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
June 24Last day to apply for absentee ballot in person if previously registered. Sec 10-106(5). 
June 25Last day to postmark return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than July 2nd. Sec 10-114(1). 

FOR 2024 GENERAL ELECTION (NOVEMBER 7)

Date

Deadline Information 

October 26Last day for a board of elections to receive application to absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
October 29Last day for a board of elections to receive application for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 10-106(5). 
November 4Last day to apply for absentee ballot in person if previously registered. Sec 10-106(5). 
November 5Last day to postmark return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than November 18th. Sec 10-114(1). 

Overseas Civilian Voting (Special Federal Voters/Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act Voters)

Qualifications

  • United States citizens living outside of the United States whose intent to return is uncertain and whose last U.S. residence was in New York, along with their children, may register as a special federal voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal races (President/Vice President, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives) that they would otherwise be entitled to vote in based on your New York address.
  • United States citizens living outside of the United States who intend to return and whose last U.S. residence was in New York, along with their children, may register as a UOCAVA voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all races on the ballot that they would otherwise be entitled to vote in based on your New York address.


Registering/Applying for a Ballot

  • To register as a new overseas voter and/or to request an absentee ballot, you must complete a Federal Post Card Application  and return it to the county board of elections of their previous New York residence.
  • This application will register you (if not already registered) and will also serve as your absentee ballot application for 2 federal general election cycles.
  • Always be sure to share any change of address information with your county board of elections. 
  • You can visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program Website for forms and information. 
  • On this application, you may state a preference as to how you would like to receive your ballot. You can choose mail, fax or email as a preferred method of transmission.
  • If you have stated a preference to receive your voting materials by email/online, you will receive an email notification directing you to the State’s online ballot delivery site to access your ballot. 
  • If you move back to the US, contact your county board of elections, to have your registration reflect that change.
  • Questions? Call the State Board of Elections at 518-474-1953 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at 1-800-438-8683, or contact your US Embassy office or Consulate.


Returning your Ballot


Tracking your Ballot

Overseas Civilian Voting Deadlines

FOR FEBRUARY 13 SPECIAL ELECTION (CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3 & ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 77)

Date

Deadline Information

January 20Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 11-202(1).
February 6Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 11-204(4).
February 13Last day to postmark UOCAVA return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than February 26th. Sec. 11-212.

FOR APRIL 2 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

Date

Deadline Information

March 23Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 11-202(1).
March 26Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 11-204(4).
April 2Last day to postmark UOCAVA return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than April 9th. Sec. 11-212.

FOR JUNE 25 FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PRIMARY

Date

Deadline Information

June 15Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 11-202(1).
June 18Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 11-204(4).
June 25Last day to postmark UOCAVA return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than July 2nd. Sec. 11-212.

FOR 2024 GENERAL ELECTION (NOVEMBER 5)

Date

Deadline Information

October 26Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if NOT previously registered. Sec. 11-202(1).
October 29Last day for a board of elections to receive application for UOCAVA voter for absentee ballot by mail if previously registered. Sec. 11-204(4).
November 5Last day to postmark UOCAVA return ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than November 18th. Sec. 11-212.