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Erik J. Haight (R)
Marco Caviglia (D)

Voting by Absentee Ballot

Apply for your absentee ballot as soon as you know you will need it. Once the ballots have become available at the BOE, you can get your application and/or ballot by mail OR you can:

  • apply for,
  • receive, and
  • cast your ballot
  • all in one trip (in-person) to the Dutchess County Board of Elections office.

    If your circumstances change and you are able to be in the County on election day, you can vote by machine at your regular location. If you vote by machine, your absentee vote will then not be counted.

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    The Absentee Application Form

    vote by mail

    All absentee applications must be mailed or brought in person. NO FAXED COPIES
    To download and print the Absentee Ballot Application Form, click here
    To download and print the Spanish version of the Absentee Ballot Application Form, click here

    An Absentee Ballot Application Form may be obtained by visiting any county board of elections office, most town clerk's offices or by calling the Dutchess County Board of Elections at 845-486-2473.


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    Absentee FAQs


    An absentee ballot is a paper ballot. It has a special outer envelope labeled with your name so staff can authenicate it against our records. The actual voted ballot inside will be separated from the outer envelope before counting. In this manner, your vote remains secret.

    Keep in mind that unless you sign and date the oath on the outer envelope and the ballot is enclosed in the SEALED outer envelope, your ballot will not be counted.

    This ballot, if mailed must be postmarked no later than the day before election day or, if personally delivered, must be received by the Board of Elections no later than the close of polls on election day -- 9:00 PM.


    Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot are as follows:

  • 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 patient or inmate in a Veterans' Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
  • Remember, unless you are eligible for a permanent absentee ballot (see below) or will be continuously absent between the dates of the primary and general election, you must file an application for each election.

    How do I apply for an ABSENTEE BALLOT?

    It's easy. You may request an absentee ballot application at any time.

    To download a PDF version of the Absentee Ballot Application Form (29K), click here.

    You may also apply in person at the board of Elections, or have someone pick up the application for you or print out a copy above. If application in person (or someone you have designated is delivering it for you) you may do so up until close of business on the day before the election.

    Upon completion, the application must mail it to the board of Elections and it must be postmarked no later than seven days before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.

    Who is eligible to be a PERMANENT ABSENTEE voter?

    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 board of elections. Check the box "permanent illness or physical disability ". The Board will mark your registration record "Perm". You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election thereafter in which you is qualified to vote until your registration is canceled.


    Who can vote by Absentee in a Primary Election?

    In New York State you may not vote in a primary election unless you are enrolled in a political party holding a primary. In this case, an absentee ballot would not be issued to anyone not enrolled in a party. You may enroll in a party at any time, but be aware that any change is not effective until AFTER the next general election.


    All absentee applications must be mailed or brought to our office in person to 47 Cannon Street. NO FAXED COPIES.

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    Military and Overseas Absentee Voting

    New York State has a special website to serve Military and Overseas voters.

    Military Voter

    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.

    Federal Overseas Voter

    United States citizens living outside of the United States 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 be otherwise entitled to vote in based on your New York address.

    Application for Military and Overseas Voting

    To register as a new Military or Overseas 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. This application will register you (if not already registered) and will also serve as your absentee ballot application for TWO federal general election cycles .Always be sure to update any change of address information.

    Applications are available from your Voting Assistance Officer on base, or you can visit either the Federal Voting Assistance Program Website or the Military and Overseas Federal Voting 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, https://www.secureballotusa.com/ny  to access your ballot.

    If you have questions, call the State Board of Elections at 518-473-5086 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at 1-800-438-8683, or contact your Voting Assistance Officer or US Embassy office.

    Returning your Military or Overseas Ballot

    Regardless of the method in which you receive your ballot, you must return your ballot to your board of elections by postal mail. 

    If you have requested your ballot, but have not yet received it, you may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot  and return that to your  county board of elections. 

    You can utilize New York's Military and Overseas Ballot Tracking Website  to track when your ballot has been received by your board of elections.

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    Voting by Special Presidential Ballot

    If you meet the below requirements you must complete a special presidential application and vote on a special presidential ballot on which the only office to appear is that for the electors for President and Vice President. 

    1. You must have been registered in Dutchess County prior to your move, and your move out of this county must have occurred after the 30th day preceding this presidential election.
    2. You must have missed the voter registration deadline and/or residency requirement in the new county or state to which you moved, and thus unable to register from your new address.

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    On this Page

  • Getting the Form
  • Absentee Deadlines
  • FAQs for Absentee Voting
  • Military and Overseas voters
  • Military and Overseas Deadlines
  • Special Presidential voters
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