Bernadette Toombs
Republican Commissioner of Elections

toombsb@co.tioga.ny.us

Telephone:
607-687-8218
James Wahls
Democratic Commissioner of Elections

wahlsj@co.tioga.ny.us

Telephone:
607-687-8219

1062 State Route 38
PO Box 306
Owego, NY 13827

Main Phone:
607-687-8261
Fax:
607-687-6348

Accessible Absentee Voting for Voters with Special Needs

Last Updated: 6/3/2020

The Tioga County Board of Elections will have a ballot marking device (BMD) available during business hours until 5:00 pm on June 22, 2020, for use by voters with special needs who wish to vote by absentee and independently mark their ballot for the June 23 Primary Election.

Voters who wish to use the BMD to vote by absentee for the June 23 Primary Election must first submit a NYS Absentee Ballot Application to our office, via mail, email, fax, or in person, or request an absentee ballot via telephone. The Board of Elections contact information is listed below:

Tioga County Board of Elections
1062 State Route 38
PO Box 306
Owego, NY 13827
Email: VoteTioga@co.tioga.ny.us
Fax: 607-687-6348
Telephone: 607-687-8261

The last day to postmark an absentee ballot application for the June 23 Primary Election is June 16. The last day to apply in person is June 22.

To vote in a primary election in New York State, you must be enrolled in the political party holding the primary. On June 23, 2020, Tioga County will have a Democratic Presidential Primary and a Republican State & Local Primary.

UPDATE 6/3/20: If a voter with special needs cannot travel to our office and use the BMD, the State Board of Elections has unveiled a fully accessible electronic absentee ballot application and absentee ballot delivery system that allows voters with accessibility needs to vote by absentee ballot independently and without assistance.  It is hoped that as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the expansion of the use of absentee ballots this will help to minimize the number of people coming to poll sites. 

The application is posted on the SBOE website (www.elections.ny.gov) and can be accessed from the homepage, the “Absentee Voting” page and the “Meeting Voter Access Needs” page. It can also be accessed from the Tioga County Board of Elections website (www.tiogacountyny.com/departments/board-of-elections/) under “Voter Information and Forms”.

Voters are required to file the new application as soon as possible, but no later than June 16th for the June 23rd Primary.  The accessible ballot would be emailed to the voter who would use their own assistive technologies such as a screen reader, a software program that enables a blind or visually impaired user to read and interact with the text that is displayed on their computer screen with a speech synthesizer, to independently mark their ballot.

Please call or email our office if you have any questions, or contact the State Board of Elections Public Information Office at 518-474-1943 or INFO@elections.ny.gov.

 


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