As someone who was born in the US (New York, specifically) but moved out of the country when I was a child, is it possible for me to vote in the primary? (I am still a US citizen)

I already know I am eligible to vote in the main election in November through an absentee ballot. Does a similar system exist for the primaries?

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According to the New York state Board of Elections, April 12th is the

Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot

for the presidential primary. From this, I surmise that you can in fact vote by absentee ballot if you will be absent from the state on primary day.


In most states, absentee ballots are available for all elections. The New York Absentee Ballot Elections page makes no specification as to primary or general election, implying that primary balloting is possible by absentee.

The rules for New York are somewhat arcane, so I would visit and read the instructions carefully.

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