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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.

A Note About Absentee Applications and Ballots

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

Once your 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

Key Dates for the 2016 Election Cycle

Presidential Primary-Tuesday April 19, 2016
  • Absentee Ballot-Ballot request by mail no later than April 12, 2016; in person no later than April 18, 2016. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than April 18, 2016; in person, no later than April 19, 2016.

Important Note about the April 19, 2016 Presidential Primary-- In New York State, the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries are organized differently.  
  • Republican Voters will be issued a ballot with candidates listed. The voter will choose one candidate, but will not vote for delegates.( Please be advised that some candidates have withdrawn from the race but are still listed on the New York Ballot.) Delegates for the Republican Party's national convention are selected by the state's Republican Committee. Republican candidates can win up to 3 delegates in each of the 27 congressional districts. The candidate who receives the majority vote in a district wins all three delegates from that district.

 
  • Democratic Voters will be asked to vote for the Presidential candidate and delegates for Democratic Party's national convention. The delegate distribution will be determined by the number of votes each Presidential candidate receives. In Suffolk County, the delegates listed in the same row across from the Presidential candidate are the delegates for that candidate.  

Congressional Primary- Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  • Absentee Ballot-Ballot request by mail no later than June 21, 2016; in person request no later than June 27, 2016.
  • Completed ballot returned by mail no later than June 27, 2016; in person no later than June 28,2016
  • Change of Address no later than June 8, 2016.

State and Local Primaries-Tuesday September 13, 2016 (subject to change)

  • Absentee Ballot-Ballot request by mail no later than September 6, 2016; in person no later than September 12, 2016. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than September 12, 2016, in person no later than September 13, 2016.
  • Change of Address no later than August 24, 2016.

Please Note: In New York State the deadline for a previously-registered voter to declare or change a party affiliation was October 9, 2015. If you are a registered voter and did not declare or change party affiliation by October 9, 2015, you are not eligible to vote in the 2016 primaries. . New registrants, however, who declare a party affiliation when they register are eligible to vote in the 2016 primaries.

General Election-Tuesday November 8, 2016

  • Must be registered to vote no later than October 14, 2016
  • Absentee Ballot-Ballot request by mail no later than November 1, 2016; in person, no later than November 7, 2016
  • Completed ballot returned by mail no later than November 7, 2016; in person no later than November 8, 2016.
  • Change of address no later than October 19, 2016

A Note About Judicial Candidates

The Independent Judicial Election Commissions(IJEQCs) are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. The screening process is designed to ensure that voters are provided with as much information as possible about the qualifications of candidates for judicial office. Each IJEQC is responsible for reviewing the qualifications of candidates within its respective judicial district who are seeking public election to New York State Supreme Court, County Court, Surrogate's Court, Family Court, New York City Civil Court, District Court or City Court. The Commissions publish a brochure--Electing Judges in New York State: You Can be An Informed Voter as well as a 2013 Voter Guide (This is the latest available. The commission recommends checking the website two weeks before the general election for updates.)