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Suffolk County Board of Elections

Anita S. Katz, Democratic Commissioner
Nick LaLota, Republican Commissioner

Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I vote by Absentee Ballot?

If you are interested in voting by absentee ballot pursuant to Article 8 of the New York Election Law, you must complete and submit to the Suffolk County Board of Elections (“Board”), an Absentee Ballot application. If you are in the United States, the quickest way to receive an absentee ballot application is by downloading the form at our website.

Otherwise, you can email the Suffolk County Board of Elections at BOEInfo@suffolkcountyny.gov and request an absentee ballot application be mailed to you.

Once you complete the application, please mail or deliver it to:

Suffolk County Board of Elections
PO Box 700
700 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

If you are an overseas voter or in the military, please go to the below link:

https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/new-york

Please note that if you submit an absentee ballot application and your circumstances change such that you are able to vote, in person, during an election, you will be permitted to vote at the polling place. If you previously voted by absentee ballot, such absentee ballot will NOT be counted.

Due to the COVID 19 health emergency, it is not yet known if Governor Cuomo or the New York State Legislature will be modifying any rules regarding voting by absentee ballot or whether the date of the Presidential Primary Election and any other Special Election scheduled for April 28, 2020 will be postponed to the June 23, 2020 Primary. Please periodically check with either the New York State Board of Elections or the Suffolk County Board of Elections website for any updates.

 How do I register to vote?

You must complete and submit a New York State Registration Form, in person, or by mail to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. This form can be obtained at any post office or library or can be downloaded online from this website. Registration requests cannot be processed online. The Board must receive the original form containing your signature. Emailed copies may not be accepted.

 How do I know if I am registered and where to vote?

You can look up your voter registration and polling place on our website. If you are confident you are registered but do not see your name, you should email us at the address noted above and include your full name, address and date of birth. Someone will check our records and respond to you accordingly. If you do not have access to email, you may contact the Board at 631-852-4500.

 Am I eligible to vote in a Primary Election?

By law, in order to vote in the Primary of a major political party, you must be duly enrolled in that party.

Please go to https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html to obtain enrollment deadlines. Deadlines may be subject to change based upon future Executive Orders so you should periodically check the New York State Board of Elections website.

 How do I get a copy of a Voter Registration Card ($5.00 fee)

To receive a copy of your voter registration card, please send your request to us, in writing, at the address below. Be sure to include your full name, address, date of birth, and signature along with where to send your card. You will also need to include a fee of $5.00, made payable to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. You can also request/pay in person by coming to our building in Yaphank.

We discourage visiting the Board of Elections at this time but if it is necessary for you to come to the Board, our normal hours are Monday -Friday 9 am - 4 pm. (We will be open to 5pm until March 30, 2020). We are located at 700 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY. Our offices are located 1/4 mile south of the Long Island Expressway (Exit 67) on the east side of the roadway. The public entrance is on the south side of the building.

 How do I update my voter information or change my party enrollment?

To update information, please file with the Suffolk County Board of Elections a new New York State Registration form and include any information you wish to update. You can download the form from our website or obtain a form at your local post office or library and also at the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

If you only wish to change your residence address for a move within Suffolk County, you may do so by sending us a letter in lieu of filing a new registration form. Please include your name, address, date of birth, and original signature.

For those voters who relocate WITHIN New York State, if you register to vote in the County of your new residence, Suffolk County will be notified accordingly to remove you as a registered voter in Suffolk County.

 Why is my voter status listed as “inactive”?

By law, the Board is required to change your status to “inactive” when our mail to you is returned as undeliverable and when we are notified of a change of address by the US Postal system. Mail sent by the Board may not be forwarded even if you have provided the post office with a forwarding address.

Because the Primary Election has been moved to June, voter mail check cards are sent to voters in April as opposed to August. As a result, it is not uncommon for registered voters who spend the winter months outside of New York to be listed as “inactive.”

To reactivate yourself:
You may either file a new Voter Registration form to update your information or send us a letter with your CURRENT information and address. The letter should include your name, address, date of birth, and original signature.

In the event you are unable to reactivate your registration within the time prescribed by law to enable you to vote by machine in an election, you will be permitted to vote by Affidavit Ballot. The Affidavit Ballot will reactivate your registration if you have not previously done so and your vote will be counted provided you complete the Affidavit Ballot envelope properly.

 How will I know if my Affidavit Ballot is not counted?

In the event the law does not permit the Board to open and count an Affidavit Ballot, the Board will send the voter a letter advising that their Affidavit Ballot will not be counted and why.

I am under the age of 18 and registered to vote but I cannot find myself on the Board’s website as being registered.

If you are under the age of 18, the law permits you to “pre-register.” In such event, your registration will not become active until your 18th birthday. Only active registrations will appear on the Board’s website.

You may contact the Board to confirm that we have you listed as pre-registered.

 How do I terminate my Suffolk County voter registration?

Please send us a letter requesting that your registration be terminated. Please include your full name, birthdate, former address, and original signature.

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901