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Qualifications for Absentee, Military, and Federal Voters

Picture of soldier.A voter may qualify to vote by absentee ballot if their duties, occupation, business or vacation requires them to be absent from their county of residence on election day or if they will be confined by illness, physical disability or for some other reason either on a temporary or permanent basis.

Regular (temporary ballot - TB)

These are voters who on Election Day or Primary Day are out of the county, temporarily ill, detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony. Regular Absentee Ballot Applications are available by calling the Monroe County Board of Elections at 585 753-1550 or you may download the Regular Absentee Ballot Application or the Spanish Absentee Ballot Application.

Uniformed Services (MIL)

Members of the Armed Forces and their family members. Federal Post Card Applications are available from your Voting Assistance Officer on base, or you can visit the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program online for forms and information, or you may download the Federal Post Card Application (1,665k PDF).

Permanent Illness or Physical Disability (PRM)

These voters are on a permanent list and receive a ballot for each election for which they are eligible. Regular Absentee Ballot Applications are available by calling the Monroe County Board of Elections at 585 753-1550 or you may download the Regular Absentee Ballot Application or the Spanish Absentee Ballot Application.

Special Federal (FED)

U. S. citizens living abroad whose last U. S. address was in Monroe County are allowed to vote for Federal Offices only. These include President, Vice President, U. S. Senator, and Congress.  These voters either:

  • DO NOT intend on returning to the United States.
  • Are out of the United States INDEFINITELY.
  • Have never resided in the United States but are US Citizens.

Federal Post Card Applications are available online from the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program, or you may download the Federal Post Card Application (1,665k PDF).

Full Federal (FF)

Picture of blind woman using braille reader.New York residents temporarily residing outside the U.S. (by virtue of education, employment or accompanying a spouse or dependent) are eligible for a full election ballot from the county in the U.S. in which they currently live. Federal Post Card Applications are available online from the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program, or you may download the Federal Post Card Application (1,665k PDF)Please note:

  • Federal Post Card Applications are only good for ONE election.
  • If you will be out of the country for MORE THAN ONE election, you will need to re-apply for each election.
  • If you will be out of the country for ONE FULL YEAR we advise filling out a Regular Absentee Ballot Application.
  • If you will be out of the country INDEFINITELY please complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Special Presidential

Registered Monroe County voters who have moved to another jurisdiction after the last day to register are only allowed to vote for President. Special Presidential Absentee Ballot Applications are available by calling the Monroe County Board of Elections at 585 753-1550 or you may download the Special Presidential Absentee Ballot Application (127k PDF) .

To Obtain An Absentee Ballot A Voter Must First Submit An Application To The Board Of Elections

A voter can obtain an Absentee Ballot Application in one of the following ways:

 
*Please note a voter cannot submit an application online or by fax, an original signature is required so applications must be delivered to the Board of Elections either by mail or in person.

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