Absentee Voting

Registered voters who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day may qualify to vote by absentee ballot for one of the following reasons:

  • Out of the county due to occupation, business, studies, or travel. 
  • Imprisonment (other than a convicted felon),
  • Illness, disability and hospitalization
  • Resident in a long term care facility
  • Caregiver of someone who is permanently disabled

In order to vote by Absentee Ballot, you must complete and submit an Absentee Ballot Application.

You can receive an Absentee Ballot Application one of three ways:

  • Call the office (607-664-2260 or 607-664-2263), we will send you an Absentee Ballot Application
  • Visit our office at 3 E. Pulteney Square Bath, NY 14810

Fill out the Absentee Ballot Application completely using only a pen with blue or black ink.

Bring in the application or mail (do not FAX) the Absentee Ballot Application to the office.

To be counted, an absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than seven (7) days after the election.

Using an Absentee Ballot
When you receive an absentee ballot, read the directions that are printed in it. Do not use any other marks. Do not write anywhere on the ballot. The only time you may write on the ballot is when you want to vote for someone else whose name does not appear on the ballot - then you may write his or her name in the write-in section of the ballot. If there are propositions up for vote, you will find them on the back of the ballot. Fill in the oval for either "yes" or "no".

After filling in the ovals to indicate your choices, fold the ballot and put it in the smaller envelope. Sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in the larger envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections. Mail or deliver your ballot following the regulations described in the other sections above.

Absentee Ballot Application FOR VILLAGE ELECTIONS ONLY 

Click to Download the Village Absentee Application  

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