Absentee Ballots

Please read all information carefully, as how and when absentee ballots are counted has changed. Voters no longer have the ability to request an absentee ballot and then later change their mind and vote in person. Any questions should be directed to the Board of Elections by calling 845-334-5470, Monday through Friday 9am-5pm or emailing elections@co.ulster.ny.us


Application Request

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the June 28, 2022 Primary can no longer be received via letter, fax, other written instrument or absentee portal as the deadline has passed [Election Law 8-400(2)(c)] – To obtain an absentee ballot a voter must either appear in person or send a designated agent (noted on the voter’s application) to the Ulster County Board of Elections: 284 Wall St, Kingston NY. The Board of Elections will be open 9am-5pm through June 17th. Starting June 18th the Board of Elections will maintain the same hours as our early voting locations. Please refer to our information on early voting here

To request an absentee ballot you may apply for one in any of the following ways:

Check the status of your absentee ballot request, poll site information, and sample ballots for upcoming elections

Mail your Application to:
Ulster County Board of Elections
284 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401

Email your completed application to: absentees@co.ulster.ny.us

If a voter chooses to vote by absentee, they should expect to receive a ballot with two envelopes, an inner oath envelope and an outer return envelope. Once the ballot is marked and placed in the inner envelope, it is critical that the voter sign, and date the inner absentee ballot envelope on the space provided and seal it. That is placed in the outer envelope, which has the Board’s return mail information printed on it, and returned to the Board of Elections.

Military / Overseas Information

Additional Information

Eligibility

You may vote by absentee ballot if you will be:

  • unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
  • unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability
  • a patient 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
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability
  • Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.

Important Dates:

June 13, 2022 – Last day to postmark, email, or fax application or letter for June 28th Primary Ballot. Absentee ballot applications must be received by the BOE not later than 15 days before the election.  You may continue to apply for an absentee in person and receive your ballot over the counter through June 27, 2022 by visiting the Ulster BOE at 284 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401.

June 27, 2022 – Last day to apply in person for Primary Election ballot.

June 28, 2022Last day to postmark Primary Election ballot. Must be received by the county board no later than July 5, 2022. Last day to deliver a primary election ballot in person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls on election day.

August 8, 2022 – Last day to postmark, email, or fax application or letter for August 23rd Primary Ballot. Absentee ballot applications must be received by the BOE not later than 15 days before the election.  You may continue to apply for an absentee in person and receive your ballot over the counter through August 22, 2022 by visiting the Ulster BOE at NEW LOCATION: 79 Hurley Avenue, Kingston NY 12401.

August 22, 2022 – Last day to apply in person for Primary Election ballot.

August 23, 2022 – Last day to postmark Primary Election ballot. Must be received by the county board no later than August 30, 2022. Last day to deliver a primary election ballot in person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls on election day.

October 24, 2022 – Last day to postmark application or letter for the November 8, 2022 General Election. Absentee ballot applications by mail or electronic portal must be received by the BOE not later than 15 days before the General Election.  You may continue to apply for an absentee in person and receive your ballot over the counter through November 7, 2022 by visiting the Ulster BOE at NEW LOCATION: 79 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.

November 7, 2022 – Last day to apply in person for General Election ballot.

November 8, 2022- Last day to postmark General Election ballot. Must be received by the county board no later than Nov. 15th. Last day to deliver General Election ballot in person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls on election day.