Voter Information

Voter Information

Voting | Important Info for New Voters | Find Your Elected Officials | Electronic Voter Registration | Useful Websites | Who Can Vote? | Register to Vote | Newly Registered Voters | Absentee Ballot | Student Voting | Election Day Hotline

2019 Key Election Dates for New York State Voters

General Election - Tuesday November 5, 2019

  • 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 October 17.

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

Important Information for New Voters

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Find Your Elected Officials

A central part of the mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage active and informed participation in government. 
Not sure who represents you? 
Click here to see your elected Federal, State, County and Local representatives.
Educate yourself, then advocate for issues that are important to you!
Click here to view the League's 28 page Directory of Public Officials.
 

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.

Useful Websites

League of Women Voters of New York http://www.lwvny.org

New York State Board of Elections http://www.elections.ny.gov

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Voter Information: 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.

Voter Registration: 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 (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.

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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:

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 and are voting for the first time to provide identification, either on the Voter Registration Form or in person at the polling place. Identification usually means a current NYS driver's license or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a current NYS driver's license, you need to provide 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. It's a good idea to bring your ID to the polls, especially if you registered by mail and are voting for the first time.

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

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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.

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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.

Election Day Hotline

Hotline to protect voter access during Tuesday's General Election

New York State Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced her office's Election Day Hotline, which is available to help troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters at the polls during the general election on Tuesday, November 6th.

The Attorney General urges voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call the office's hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Tuesday. The hotline will be staffed by attorneys and staff in the Attorney General's Civil Right's Bureau.

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