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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

State and Local Primary Election September 9, 2014 (Please note there are no primaries for any Shelter Island representatives/offices including state Senate and Assembly races. There is, however, a Democratic Primary for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.)

  • Registration in person by, Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Registration by mail, postmarked by Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Apply for an absentee ballot in person by Monday, September 8, 2014
  • Apply for an absentee ballot by mail, postmarked by Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • Deliver ballot in person by Tuesday, September 9, 2014
  • Deliver ballot by mail, postmarked by Monday, September 8, 2014

General Election for Federal and State elections, November 4, 2014
  • Registration in person by Friday, October 10, 2014
  • Registration by mail, postmarked by Friday, October 10, 2014
  • Apply for an absentee ballot by mail, postmarked by Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • Last day to apply for an absentee ballot in-person, Monday, November 3, 2014
  • Postmark absentee ballot by Monday, November 3, 2014
  • Last day to deliver absentee ballot in-person, November 4, 2014.

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


STATEWIDE There will be three propositions on the November 4, 2014: ballot:
  • To authorize $2 billion in state bonds to fund technology upgrades in the public schools.
  • To permit the state legislature to use electronic versions of bills rather than requiring paper copies.
  • To approve a constitutional amendment concerning the redistricting process.

  • To eliminate the office of Treasurer on the final day of 2017. (Note: Suffolk County is the only county in the state that elects both a Treasurer and Comptroller. This referendum would essentially combine the two offices into the office of the County Comptroller.)

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.)