CARMEL, NY 10512


Monday through Friday
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

The Putnam County Board of Elections is a bipartisan office responsible for the execution of the electoral process and enforcement of all rules relating to the elective franchise. Through faithful implementation of New York State Election Law, the Board works to maintain confidence in the political process of the County. 


  • The lobby is open Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Limit of THREE (3) VISITORS ALLOWED inside the lobby at any time 
  • All VISITORS must wear a mask and practice social distancing 
  • Hand sanitizer available at entrance
  • Documents can also be placed in the drop box next to our front door
  • Questions? Call (845) 808-1300

2020 General Election Absentee Ballots are now available!

Absentee Voting

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Early Voting Period is October 24,2020 – November 1, 2020

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot (Deadlines)

  1. Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
  2. Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
  3. Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  4. A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  5. Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

When is it due?

You must apply online, postmark, email or fax a completed application or letter request for the General Election Absentee ballot no later than 7 days (October 27, 2020) before the election. You may apply in-person up to the day before the election (November 2, 2020). You may file an application at any time before the deadlines, but ballots will be mailed out beginning on or about September 18, 2020. (PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DESPITE THE ABOVE DEADLINES THE POST OFFICE HAS ADVISED THAT THEY CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY DELIVERY OF BALLOTS APPLIED FOR LESS THAN 15 DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION.)

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot (Deadlines)

You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  • Electronically through our Absentee Application Portal
  • By sending an email request to putnamcountyelections@putnamcountyny.gov (please see instructions below)
  • By sending a fax request to (845) 808-1920
  • By going in-person to 25 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512
  • By mailing a paper application to 25 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512
  • You can download a PDF version of the Absentee Ballot Application Form:

    Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.

By sending an email or letter to your county board of elections. The email or letter must contain the following information:

  1. Name and date of birth of the voter
  2. the address where you are registered
  3. an address where the ballot is to be sent
  4. the reason for the request, and
  5. the signature of the voter
  6. If you apply by letter, an application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.

If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability.

You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.

If you are visually impaired or otherwise disabled, such that your disability requires you to use an accessible absentee ballot application, you have two accessible options to request a ballot on this page, either using the Accessible Electronic Ballot Application or the Accessible Electronic Ballot Application Portal:

How to Cast an Absentee Ballot

  • Once your receive the ballot, mark the ballot according to your choices for each office following the instructions on the ballot
  • Once you have completed marking your ballot fold it up and place it in the Security Envelope. (This envelope will have a place for your signature.)
  • Sign and date the outside of the Security Envelope.
  • Seal the Security Envelope.
  • Place the Security Envelope in the Return Envelope. (This envelope will have the return address of your county Board of Elections on the outside and should have a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail”)
  • Seal the Return Envelope.
  • You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:
    1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 3rd.
    2. Bringing it to the County Board of Elections Office no later than November 3rd.
    3. Bringing it to an early voting poll site between October 24th and November 1st.
    4. Bringing it to a poll site on November 3rd by 9 PM.

FOR ADDITIONAL ABSENTEE HOURSClick here to see additional hours in English. Haga clic aquí para ver el horario de oficina adicionales en Español.

Absentee Ballot Return Plan – Executive Order 202-61

Absentee Ballots can be dropped off at the Putnam County Board of Elections at a drop box outside of our office or brought into the office and received by a Staff Member during normal Business Hours.

Early Voting:

Putnam County Board of Elections

25 Old Route 6

Carmel, NY

A locked Ballot Bag will be located at the entrance of the Early Voting Site marked Absentee Ballots Only.  At the end of each day it will be emptied, and the voted ballots will be time stamped and secured.

Election Day:

Putnam County will have a Coordinator at the front entrance of every polling site to assist voters with the drop off of Absentee Ballots, the ballots will be placed in a locked Ballot Bag marked Absentee Ballots.  At the end of the day the bag will be returned to the Board of Elections.

Mail Time Considerations When Returning an Absentee Ballot

When mailing your completed ballot, the USPS recommends that voters allow enough time for ballots to be returned to the Board, which is generally seven days ahead of the general election. New York State requires your ballot to be both postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received by our Board by November 10, 2020. Voters who mail in their ballots on Election Day must be aware of the posted collection times on collection boxes and at the Postal Service’s retail facilities, and that ballots entered after the last posted collection time will not be postmarked until the following business day.

You Can Still Vote in Person if You Request an Absentee Ballot

Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person. The Election Law recognizes that plans change. The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.

To Check the Status of Your Absentee Application and/or Ballot Click Here

New Polling Place Locations!

If your polling place WAS located at the Kent Elementary School, it is NOW located at the Lakeview Community Church, 387 Route 52, Carmel, NY 10512.

If your polling place WAS located at Sacred Heart Church, it is NOW located at the Putnam Lake VFW, 4 Fairfield Dr., Patterson, NY 12563.

PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS ELECTION ONLY! If your polling place WAS located at the Village of Brewster Offices/Court, it is NOW located at 25 Marvin Avenue, Brewster, NY 10509.

Become a Poll Worker

The right to vote is one of our nation’s oldest and most important entitlements, and with this right comes responsibility. Free and open elections are the basis on which this country was formed and you can make a difference by becoming a poll worker to help protect those freedoms.

Because of COVID-19, New York is experiencing a critical shortage of poll workers. Historically, 55 percent of all New York’s poll workers are over the age of 60, making them especially vulnerable to the pandemic. This has resulted in a significant need for poll workers who are willing and able to assist with the administration of in-person voting during the November 3rd general election.

What tasks will you perform as a poll worker?

  • Prepare the polling place for voting
  • Set up the voting equipment
  • Sign-in and process voters
  • Enforce social distancing
  • Demonstrate voting procedures to the voters
  • Sanitize voting equipment
  • Close the polling place
  • Canvass and report the results
  • Assist voter if requested

You are eligible to serve as a poll worker if you:

Are a New York State registered voter. You will be assigned within the county where you live.

Will you be paid?

Yes, Poll Workers get paid for training and each day they work.
The Board of Elections is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to the citizens of New York State by providing fair and accurate elections. This responsibility and the credit associated with it must be shared with the many dedicated workers that help make elections successful. You can get involved and become a proud participant in a process that is the foundation of democracy in our country. Come work with us.

Applying is simple and easy:

Please complete the Election Day Worker Form.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Polls open from 6am-9pm

For Early Voting information click here.

For Absentee Voting information click here.

If you are unsure of whether or not you are registered to vote, you can check your status HERE.

A completed form must be received by the Board of Elections no later than 25 days prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote.

You must be a resident of Putnam County at least 30 days before an election.

OCTOBER 9, 2020

A change of enrollment received by the Board of Elections will take effect immediately, provided however, any change of enrollment received by the Board of Elections after February 14th shall take effect seven days after the succeeding June primary.

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