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General Voter Information

The Suffolk County Board of Elections provides helpful links with information on voter registration and absentee voting. Update your voter registration here

The New York State League of Women Voters' website also contains a wealth of information not just about voter registration issues, but analysis and commentary on propositions. Please see the LWVNYS' Voter Guide for detailed information about this upcoming election cycle.

2017 Election Calendar / Dates and Deadlines

  • August 18, 2017 - Last day to postmark and mail registration form.
  • September 5, 2017-Last day to postmark and mail application for absentee ballot. The ballot must be received by the Suffolk County Board of Elections no later than September 19, 2017.

November 7, 2017 General Election
  • October 13, 2017 -Last day to postmark registration form.
  • October 31, 2017-Last day to postmark application for an Absentee Ballot. The ballot must be received by the Suffolk County Board of Elections no later than November 7, 2017.

Local elections include a seat for Shelter Island's Suffolk County Legislature representative, Town Supervisor, one Town Council seat, Superintendent of Highways, two Town Assessor positions and Town Clerk.

2017 Ballot Propositions

There are three statewide propositions on the ballot in this upcoming November 7th election. The full description of the propositions as well as the exact form of the propositions may be retrieved from the NYS Board of Elections website: 2017 Ballot Propositions

In summary:

  • The first proposition asks voters whether or not a NYS constitutional convention should be held in 2019; The NYSLWV has taken a position in support of this proposition. (Please see the NYSLWV Statement);
  • The second proposition would amend the state constitution to permit a court to deny pension benefits to public officers convicted of a felony. (This has been proposed by the state Senate and Assembly);
  • The third proposition would provide two new exceptions to the the state's forest preserve program to permit localities limited use of these lands for health and safety reasons.

A Note About Absentee Applications and Ballots

Application forms for absentee ballots may be downloaded from the New York State Board of Elections

Applications for Absentee Ballots must be received by the Suffolk County Board of Elections by September 5, 2017in order for one to vote in the September 12, 2017 Primary Election and by October 31, 2017 in order to vote in the November 7, 2017 General Election. Once an application is received and approved by the local Board of Elections, you will be sent an absentee ballot, usually within two weeks of either the primary election or the general election whichever is applicable.

Absentee ballot applications may also be found at any U. S. Post Office, public library, Department of Motor Vehicles office or by contacting LWVSI.

Mail or deliver applications/ballots to: Suffolk County BOE: PO Box 700 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980 631 852 4500

Information About Judicial Candidates

NYS Judicial Candidate Voter Guide

The non-partisan Judicial Candidate Voter Guide is designed to help you make a more informed decision on Election Day. It includes descriptions of elective judicial offices throughout the state. The Guide also provides a list of judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county boards of election.