Vote in the General Election on Tuesday, November 7th!
The Importance of Voting:
By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think your government should operate. Voting is a fundamental process that keeps our system of government working. With a government elected by its citizens that affects every aspect of our lives, voting is a very important right in our society. On Election Day, every vote counts.
In order to vote, you must be a United States Citizen and must turn 18 years of age on or before Election Day.
You also must be registered to vote in New York. Click here to check if you are registered.
You will not be eligible to vote if you are in prison, on parole for a felony conviction, or currently judged mentally incompetent by a court.
Primary elections in New York State are closed primaries. This means that you are only allowed to vote in the primary if you are registered to vote with the respective party. For example, only persons registered with the democratic party are allowed to vote in a democratic primary.
How to Register to Vote:
You can register to vote at the Suffolk County Board of Elections at PO Box 700, Yaphank NY 11980. You can also request a form to be mailed to you by calling the Board of Elections at (631) 852-4500.
You may also register to vote using the New York State Voter Registration Form accessible at the links below. You can complete a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form on-line by clicking on the link below, typing the necessary information and selecting the appropriate boxes. Alternatively, you can print the form to complete by hand. Once the form is completed, you need to print the form and sign it. We cannot accept any kind of digital or Adobe-generated signature. Then, mail the form to the Suffolk County Board of Elections at PO Box 700, Yaphank NY 11980
English form is available by clicking here.
Spanish form is available by clicking here.
How to Make Changes to Your Voter Registration:
The voter registration form above should be used as a change of address form. Notices of change of address from registered voters received at least 20 days before a special, primary or general election by the Suffolk County Board of Elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for that election.
The voter registration form above should also be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter's registration record.
How to Vote:
Polls are open from 6:00 AM- 9:00 PM on Election Day. If you are in line by 9:00 PM, you will be allowed to vote.
To check your polling location, click here.
At your polling location, after you have checked in with the inspector, you will be given a paper ballot and will be directed to a privacy booth to mark you ballot.
Make your selection by completely filling in the oval next to the candidate’s name using the pen in the privacy booth. Do not make any stray marks and do not use an “X” or a checkmark.
To view an instructional video, please click here.
Any registered voter wishing to vote by absentee ballot must have a valid reason to vote absentee, such as:
- Absence from Suffolk County on Election Day
- Temporary illness or physical disability
- Permeant illness or physical disability
- Duties related to primary care or one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
- Patient or inmate at a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
- Detention in jail/prison, awaiting trial, awaiting action by a grand jury, or in prison for a conviction of a crime or offense which was not a felony
You can submit an absentee ballot application by clicking here to download a printable version of the application. Print and complete both sides of the Absentee Ballot Application, sign it and mail the application to the Suffolk County Board of Elections at Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank NY 11980.
English version available by clicking here.
Spanish version available by clicking here.
You can also request a form to be mailed to you by calling the Board of Elections at (631) 852-4500.
Your completed application must be postmarked no later than the seventh day before the election. You may also hand-deliver it to the Board of Elections up until the day before the election.
Your application will be processed immediately and, if your application is validated, the Board of Elections will confirm your validation by letter and you will receive your Absentee Ballot by mail.
Absentee ballot applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Steps for Completing the Absentee Ballot Application:
Once you have your application, you can follow these steps to complete it before mailing it in:
Complete box one (1) by checking which reasons applies most to you as to why you will require an absentee ballot on election day.
Complete box two (2) by checking off the first box “Primary Election only”.
Complete boxes three (3) and four (4) by filling in our personal information.
Complete box five (5) by filling out the street address (not PO Box) where you are registered to vote.
Leave box six (6) blank, as this box only pertains to primary elections.
Complete box seven (7) by checking “Mail to Me at:” and fill out your mailing address. Use your PO Box address if that is where you receive your mail.
Complete box eight (8) by signing and dating the application.
**Note: You do not need to have someone complete the witness statement at the bottom unless you are unable to sign the application due to an illness or physical disability**
Step Eight (final step):
Mail the absentee ballot application in by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to:
Once you have submitted your absentee ballot application, your ballot will be mailed to you at the address you requested on the application form. This generally takes approximately one week.
Vote for the candidates of your choosing by filling in the circle next to their names with a pen. Make sure you fill in the entire circle as neatly as possible.
DO NOT: Put an ‘X’ or a ‘√’ through the circle, this will invalidate the ballot.
DO NOT: Leave any extraneous markings on the form, this can invalidate the ballot as well.
Make sure to vote for only one candidate for each position, unless otherwise instructed by the ballot.
Insert your completed ballot in the tan envelope and seal it. Date and sign the envelope.
**Note: You DO NOT need to have someone complete the witness statement at the bottom unless you are unable to sign the application due to an illness or physical disability**
Place the tan envelope into the white envelope addressed:
Suffolk County Board of Elections
P. O. Box 700
Yaphank, NY 11980
Place the necessary postage on the white envelope and mail it on or before Monday, November 6, 2017.
Congratulations! You have made your voice heard and cast your vote in a very important election. Thank you for participating in the electoral process.