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"Vote by Mail" Options for November General Election

Release Date: August 11, 2015
Any voter not wanting to go to the polls on Election Day has the option of voting early by mail-in ballot.

"Vote by Mail" Options for November General Election

Any voter not wanting to go to the polls on Election Day has the option of voting early by mail-in ballot. No reason needs to be provided in order to vote early by mail, the only criteria for doing so are that the voter must be registered to vote in his/her county and must submit a mail-in ballot application to the county clerk's office by the required deadline.

The "Application for Mail-In Ballot" can be downloaded from the County Clerk's website, completed manually, and mailed back to the Clerk by the statutory deadline (applications must be received by the clerk no later than the 7th day before the General Election). For voters who prefer to vote by mail in all elections, they can opt to request as much under Section 10 of their application by simply checking the A or B box, or both:

Mail In Ballot

BOX A: I wish to receive a Mail-In Ballot for all elections to be held during the remainder of this calendar year (it is suggested that this option be checked and submitted to the Clerk early in the year, to ensure all elections are covered).

BOX B: I wish to receive a Mail-In Ballot for all future November General Elections, until I request otherwise (any voter can request, with a one-time application, that he receive a mail-in ballot for all future general elections, until the voter requests the county clerk to discontinue such service. NOTE: If such voter does not return a mail-in ballot within a four-year general election timeframe, the county clerk will send the voter a notice to inquire if he still wants to receive automatic mail-in ballots for general elections. If the voter doesn't respond to the notice by the 40th day before the next general election, the clerk will suspend automatic ballots to that voter.

Voters should note that the two above options are not mutually exclusive, i.e., a voter, by way of one application, can choose to receive mail-in ballots for the calendar year and for all future general elections by checking both the A and B boxes. While the mail-in ballot application offers voters additional voting options, voters may use the application for just a single election.

Important deadlines to note:

Applications for mail-in ballots must be received in the County Clerk's Office a minimum of seven days before the election. If a voter cannot meet that deadline, s/he may apply for, and vote, a mail-in ballot in person at the Clerk's Office up until 3 p.m. the day before the election.

Voting instructions will be provided to the voter along with his/her mail-in ballot. The voted ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections by the close of polls on Election Day.

For more information on election dates and deadlines, visit the County Clerk's Web site at or call the office at 973-579-0900.