Congresswoman Grace Meng's response:
I wanted to take a few minutes to make sure you know how to vote in the upcoming 2020 General Elections on November 3rd.
The Elections are in less than thirty days, and many constituents like you have reached out to me with questions about voting.
Below are answers to common questions regarding the November 3rd General Elections. First – make sure you are registered to vote at https://vote.nyc/page/am-i-registered . The deadline to register to vote is Friday, October 9th.
Can I vote by mail because of the coronavirus?
To ensure our polls stay safe, all New Yorkers are now able to vote by absentee ballot in the General Elections. Just make sure to check “temporary illness or physical disability,” as your reason for requesting a ballot.
How do I request an absentee ballot?
Request Your Application: Visit https://vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting to download the application, call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692), or complete the application online at https://nycabsentee.com/ .
Complete Your Application: Print and fill out the application at home, or complete online. On the application, you may check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason you are requesting an absentee ballot, if you are requesting a ballot because of the potential of contracting COVID-19. Please make sure to sign and date the application and save it in a (.pdf) format.
Send Your Application: Send the completed form via email to Apply4Absentee@boe.nyc or mail your form to the Queens County Board of Elections at 118-35 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375.
You must postmark, apply online, email, or fax a completed application for the General Absentee ballot by October 27th.
I requested an absentee ballot but it has not yet arrived. Where is it?
You can track your absentee ballot at https://nycabsentee.com/tracking .
My ballot says, “Absentee Military Ballot,” but I am not in the military. Did I get the wrong ballot?
No – unfortunately this is a printing error. The ballot should have read, “Absentee/Military,” ballot. This is the correct ballot, and there will not be issues with the counting of your vote.
I received an incorrect ballot – the ballot was addressed to me, but the return envelope has someone else’s name on it. What should I do?
The Board of Elections will be sending out new ballots to everyone who was affected by this error. You can call 1-866-VOTE-NYC or call my office at 718-358-6364 as well.
Should I throw away the incorrect ballot?
Voters are advised to discard the incorrect envelope.
How many stamps should I put on the ballot?
The absentee ballots can be mailed with one stamp, but the Queens Board of Elections recommends using two stamps.
What if I sent in a ballot without sufficient postage?
The USPS will deliver the absentee ballot to the Board of Elections. The Board of Elections will cover costs for the missing postage – rest assured that your ballot will be counted.
I want to vote in-person. How can I do that?
You can vote early or vote on Election Day in-person. Early Voting sites can be found at https://vote.nyc/page/early-voting-information . Below are dates and times for Early Voting.
Saturday, October 24, 202010 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, October 25, 202010 AM to 4 PM
Monday, October 26, 20207 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 202012 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 202012 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, October 29, 202010 AM to 6 PM
Friday, October 30, 20207 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, October 31, 202010 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, November 1, 202010 AM to 4 PM
How do I find my poll site?
You can vote in-person during the Early Voting days or on Election Day at your poll site, which can be found at https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search . You can also drop off your completed absentee ballot at your poll site. Please note that your Early Voting poll site and your Election Day poll site may not be the same location.
As always, you can call my office at 718-358-6364 should you have any questions about the voting process.
Thank you for doing your part to participate in our democracy – your voice matters. Stay safe and healthy.
Member of Congress