Common Questions on Absentee Voting
May 23, 2020 (Rochester, NY) The first round of absentee ballots has started to arrive in mailboxes throughout Monroe County. We thought we would share answers to some questions we have been receiving. Q: I only received a ballot for the Federal/State/Local primary. How do I get to vote in the Presidential Primary? A: The Presidential Primary for New York State was originally scheduled for April 18th but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After some litigation, the Primary was restored for New York voters. So Democratic voters will receive 2, potentially 3 ballots depending on residency:
The regularly scheduled June 23rd Primary Election ballot;
The delayed April 18th U.S. Presidential Primary ballot;
The Special Election ballot to fill the vacancy in the Congressional District 27.
These ballots are mailed out separately, so it is not uncommon to receive them on different days. If you have questions or believe you have not received a ballot you are eligible for, you can reply to this email or contact the Monroe County Board of Elections. Don't forget, returned absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than June 22 back to the BOE to be counted!
Q: I filled out my absentee application and I know others who got their ballot and I didn't. When will mine arrive?
A: Absentee ballots are mailed out to voters in several runs. Due to the larger than normal volume of absentee applications, a majority of ballots were not likely to be sent out in the first round. You can confirm if the Board of Elections has your application on the Monroe County NY Voter App, by submitting the voter's information. Please remember it takes a few days for new applications to be processed once mailed back or entered through the online form. If you see "On File" you're good to go!
Q: Can I still apply for an absentee ballot? A: YES!! Earlier, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order to expand access to absentee voting due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Monroe County Board of Elections has produced a digital portal so voters can easily request an absentee ballot. Para una solicitud de votación en ausencia en español, haga clic aquí. All absentee applications must be sent in and postmarked no later than June 16th. If you have other questions regarding absentee voting that we have not addressed, please feel free to email us or call our campaign line at 585.210.0887. Thank you!