PUTNAM COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
25 OLD ROUTE 6
CARMEL, NY 10512
25 OLD ROUTE 6
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.
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.)
You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Are a New York State registered voter. You will be assigned within the county where you live.
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.
Please complete the Election Day Worker Form.
AM I REGISTERED TO VOTE?
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.
CHANGING YOUR POLITICAL PARTY
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.