An Absentee Ballot Can Be Changed After It Has Been Filed


BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — Every New York voter can request an absentee ballot citing concerns about COVID-19. Millions of absentee ballots were already returned nation-wide, but candidates are still campaigning.

So, what if you change your mind? Can you change your vote?

Cindy Emmer, Democratic elections commissioner for the Chemung County Board of Elections, said that is allowed in New York. Voters can just go to the polls.

“Their names are scanned into the system as to who has voted, and, if you have already voted as an absentee ballot, your absentee ballot will not be counted, just your vote on the machine,” said Emmer.

Absentee ballot envelope (Jillian Forstadt/WSKG)

Emmer wanted to remind those voting by mail to sign and date the ballot envelope. She explained the common mistake can be corrected, but the omission complicates casting the ballot.

An absentee ballot application must be postmarked no later than October 27. That is also the last day to request one online.

The last day to request an absentee ballot in person is November 2, the day before Election Day. However, ballots must be postmarked by November 3 or returned in-person to count. Completed ballots can be returned to early polling sites, or the Board of Elections before Election Day or at polling sites on Election Day.

Early in-person voting starts Saturday, October 24.