Request an Absentee Ballot

Students who register at home (outside of Broome County) should plan ahead and request an absentee ballot unless they plan to return home to vote in person.

Absentee ballot requests must be received by the local board of elections 15 days before Election Day. (See Important Dates and Deadlines).

After submitting the absentee ballot application, you will receive your ballot in the mail, so be sure to check your mailbox! You will then complete the ballot and must postmark it back to the board of elections by Election Day. It can also be dropped off at your county board of elections or any poll site in your county (out-of-county ballots cannot be dropped off at the campus polling place or any other polling place in Broome County).

  1. N.Y. Absentee Request Portal(recommended):
    On-campus students should format their mailing address as:
    BU Box ####
    PO Box 6020
    Binghamton, N.Y. 13902-6020
  2. Pre-populated N.Y. absentee ballot application for students who live on campus
  3. Blank N.Y. absentee ballot application

What if I miss the deadline to request an absentee ballot?
Review your options for in person voting or contact your county board of elections.

What if I already requested an absentee ballot, but decide to vote in person?
If you already requested an absentee ballot and then decide to vote in person, you will need to vote using an affidavit ballot. Go to the polling place for your current address. A poll worker will direct you to complete an affidavit ballot. Complete the ballot carefully using your current local address. Visit the New York Board of Elections webpage to learn more about voting by mail.