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2019 Election Info

2019 KEY ELECTION DATES FOR NEW YORK STATE VOTERS

For any questions regarding your ballot please call Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631 852-4500.

General Election - Tuesday November 5, 2019

Oct. 12 last day to change party enrollment for 2019 primaries Oct. 12 last day to change party enrollment for 2019 primaries

Remember that New York State has a closed primary. If you have changed your party affiliation, it had to have been done by October 12 2018 in order for you to vote in your new party's primaries in 2019; unless you have moved from a different county or state and are now registered in Suffolk County, as long as you registered 25 days before primary day. As always, please check with the Board of Elections regarding party registration timing requirements.

Although only enrolled members of a party can vote in that party's primary elections, registered voters may vote for any party's candidate on Election Day Tel:631-852-4500

Oct. 30 last day to postmark application for absentee ballot

Nov 5 last day to apply in person for absentee ballot

Nov. 5 last day to postmark ballot for general election

Nov. 6 last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to BOE

Must be registered to vote no later than October 11 unless a newly naturalized citizen in which case you must appear at your local Board of Elections before October 26.

Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than October 29 in person no later than November 5. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than November 5, in person no later than November 5.

Change of Address no later than 17 October. REMEMBER: You must be registered in order to vote. You may register if you are 18 years of age by Election Day; a resident of the county for at least 30 days prior to the election, and a citizen of the United States. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must re-register.

SUFFOLK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS P.O. Box 700, Yaphank Avenue Yaphank, NY 11980 (631) 852-4500

New York City BOE Executive Offices 32 Broadway,7th Floor New York, NY 10004 Tel: 212-487-5300

FIRST TIME VOTERS

Congratulations on Registering to Vote! As a citizen (age 18 or older) you have the right and responsibility to vote in elections. Educate yourself on the candidates and issues in each election. Once your registration has been processed by your county Board of Elections you will be mailed a card giving your polling place. If you do not receive the card in 4-6 weeks or have questions you may call them New York City 212 487-5300 Nassau County 516 571-2411 Suffolk County 631 852-4500

Although only enrolled members of a party can vote in that party's primary election, registered voters may vote for any candidate of any party on Election Day in November.

If you will be out of your county, or are physically unable To get to the polling place, you may request an absentee ballot from your Board of Elections. To be sure your request is processed, ask for this form at least 4 weeks before Election Day.

ID Needed for Voting in New York State

Federal law requires persons who register by mail for the first time to provide identification. Identification means a current NYS driver's license or the LAST FOUR digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these, you may provide a copy of a valid photo ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government documentation that shows your name and address. If you do not provide identification when you registered, you will be asked for it the first time you vote.

NEVER LEAVE THE POLLING PLACE WITHOUT VOTING! If your name is not on the list, ask for a provisional ballot!

ABSENTEE BALLOT Absentee ballots may be requested from your Board of Elections if you meet one of these criteria: Absence from county or New York City on election day Patient or inmate in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center Temporary illness or physical disability Permanent illness or physical disability 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 Duties related to primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled Click here for a New York State absentee ballot application. This application must either be personally delivered to your county board of elections not later than the day before the election, or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than 7th day before election day. The ballot itself must either be personally delivered to the board of elections no later than the close of polls on election day, or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than the day before the election and received no later than the 7th day after the election. STUDENT VOTING Legal Guide to Student Voting: The Brennan Center at the NYU School of Law has an excellent website that provides the requirements for residency, registration, ID and absentee ballot for all 50 states. It is applicable to all voters, not just students. There is also a page specifically for New York voters, just enter student voting in the search box. The League encourages 18-year-old high school students to register to vote.

2019 Directory of Public Officials

LWVNYS Electronic Voter Guide

Register at DMV Website

The NY State Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Voter Registration Application offers the opportunity to complete an application to register to vote or to update the information you have on file with the Board of Elections.

Updated information could include providing your County Board of Elections with your new name, new address, or changing a party enrollment.

Applications completed on this website are forwarded to the appropriate County Board of Elections for approval and processing. See FAQs about Electronic Voter Registration

How to Register to Vote

To register, you must be
  • a U.S. citizen
  • 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file the voter registration form
  • 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote
  • not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere, and have lived in the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election.

How do I register to vote?

You can register by mail. Pick up a voter registration form at the Board of Elections, or from the League of Women Voters, town hall, post office, library, or various state offices. A registration form may also be obtained from The New York State Board of Elections. The completed form should be mailed to:

Suffolk County Board of Elections PO Box 700 Yaphank Avenue Yaphank, NY 11980 telephone: (631) 852-4500

You may also register in person at the local Board of Elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, on any business day throughout the year. Organizations such as the League of Women Voters often set up voter registration tables at fairs, on college campuses, etc., and you may register at any of these events.

Informative websites

For information about NY State elections, go to LWV of NY and choose Voter Services from the menu on left. Information is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Choose Registration and Voting near the top of the left hand column for the following information:

  • Voter registration and voter information
  • How to register to vote
  • Absentee ballots
  • Election schedules, links to more voter resources
  • Registration forms
  • Online registration forms

Reach the League of Women Voters of New York State website here Click on Voter Information.

How to contact Suffolk County Board of Elections

Mailing address:

Suffolk County Board of Elections
Yaphank Avenue, P.O. Box 700, Yaphank, NY 11980
Phone: 631-852-4500

We sponsor candidate debates

On 10/22/15 a record crowd gathered to hear candidates debate in Southampton

Southampton Town Board candidates, left to right, Damon Hagan, John Bouvier, Julie Hofstad and Christine Scalera

Suffolk County Legislature candidates, l to r, Amos Goodman and Bridget Fleming, with LWVH moderator and Voter Services co-chair Carol Mellor at podium

Southampton Town Supervisor candidates Jay Schneiderman and Robert Yastrzemski

We Register Voters

The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register, vote and participate in government and politics. We sponsor candidates meetings, debates and interviews; conduct voter registration drives; provide information to the public about voting; and get out the vote on Election Day.
National Voter Registration Day 2014

Voter Services e-mail: voterservices@lwvhamptons.org. Hamptons League telephone: 631-324-4637