What you need to know to exercise your right to vote
2018 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.
STATE Primary Election - Thursday September 13, 2018
Remember that New York State has a closed primary. If you have changed your party affiliation, it had to have been done by October 13, 2017 (25 days before Election Day November 7, 2017) in order for you to vote in your new party's primaries in 2018; unless you have moved from a different county or state and are now registered in Suffolk County, as long as you are registered 25 days before primary day.
The last day to change your party enrollment for 2019 is October 12, 2018 (25 days prior to the November 2018 general election. As always, please check with the Board of Elections regarding party registration timing requirements.
- Must be registered to vote no later than August 19
- Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than September 6 in person no later than September 13. Completed ballot returned by mail postmarked no later than September 12, in person no later than September 13.
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.
General Election - Tuesday November 6, 2018
- Must be registered to vote no later than October,12 unless a newly naturalized citizen in which case you must appear at your local Board of Elections before October 27.
- Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than October 30 in person no later than November 6. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than November 5, in person no later than November 6.
- Change of Address no later than 18 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
Hotline for Voting Information
As New Yorkers will head to the polls to vote on election day- November 6, 2018, Election Protection (EP) the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) will ensure that all eligible New Yorkers have an equal opportunity to vote and provide voters with information, guidance and assistance.The 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) hotline will be available to answer calls live on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.
Hours for Live, Real-Time Assistance:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for English assistance (866-OUR-VOTE)
5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT for bilingual English/Spanish assistance (888-VE-Y-VOTA)
Election Protection's toll-free hotlines, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers' Committee for English, and 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund for bilingual assistance (English/Spanish), are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights. Assistance is also available in six Asian languages--Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu and Tagalog--through the 888-API-VOTE hotline, which is managed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice--AAJC and APIA Vote.
Note that the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is available to assist voters year-round. However, outside of select election dates, voters may be directed to voicemail and their call will be returned in one to two business days.
Find Your Elected Officials
to link to the League of Women Voters of New York State's Legislative Action Center. A central part of the mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage active and informed participation in government. To that end, the League has created an easy-to-use resource that enables users to find a wealth of information about our state and federal governments.
Not sure who represents you? Click here to enter your Zip code plus four to find your U.S. Senators and Representative, as well as your New York State Senator and Assembly member.
To find your Suffolk County Legislator, and view the redrawn SC Legislative District map effective in 2013, click here.
Electronic Voter Registration Application at DMV Website
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Voter Registration Application now 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 the FAQs about Electronic Voter Registration
League of Women Voters of New York
New York State Board of Elections
Who Can Vote?
To register, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen,
- be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file the voter registration form,
- be 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, NY 11980
telephone: (631) 852-4500
You may 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.
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 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
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.
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.