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2017 Election Info

PRIMARY ELECTION: TUESDAY, September 12, 2017

Deadlines for voting in primary elections: Voter Registration: August 18, 2017 Application for Absentee Ballot: September 5, 2017 Postmark for Absentee Ballot: September 11, 2017

Remember that New York State has a closed primary. If you have changed your party affiliation, it had to have been done by October 14, 2016 (25 days before Election Day November 8, 2016) in order for you to vote in your new party's primaries in 2017; unless you have moved from a different county or state and are now registered in Suffolk County, as long as registered 25 days before primary day.

The last day to change your party enrollment for 2018 is October 13, 2017 (25 days prior to the November 2017 general election). As always, please check with the Board of Elections regarding party registration timing requirements.

Although only enrolled members of a party can vote in that party's primary elections, registered voters may vote for any party's candidate on Election Day.

GENERAL ELECTION: TUESDAY, November 7, 2017 Deadlines: Voter Registration: October 13, 2017 Application for Absentee Ballot: October 31, 2017 Postmark for Absentee Ballot: November 6, 2017

Important: This year there will be a referendum on the ballot to decide whether New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention.

REMEMBER: You must be registered in order to vote. You may register if you will be 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.

Contact: SUFFOLK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, P.O. Box 700, Yaphank Avenue Yaphank, NY 11980 (631) 852-4500


Mailing Addresses for Boards of Elections

Suffolk County BOE P.O. Box 700, Yaphank Ave. Yaphank, NY 11980 Tel:631-852-4500

New York City BOE Executive Offices 32 Broadway,7th Floor New York, NY 10004 Tel: 212-487-5300


COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY 2017 National Voter Registration Day: September 26, 2017 PRIMARY DAY ELECTION: SEPTEMBER 12

Aug. 18 last day to postmark voter registration form or to register in person to vote in primary Sept. 5 last day to postmark application for absentee ballot for primary election Sept 11 last day to apply in person for primary absentee ballot Sept. 11 last day to postmark absentee ballot for primary Sept 12 last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to County BOE GENERAL ELECTION DAY: NOV. 7

OCT. 13 last day to postmark voter registration form or register in person at BOE Oct. 13 last day to change party enrollment for 2018 primaries Oct. 31 last day to postmark application for absentee ballot Nov 6 last day to apply in person for absentee ballot Nov. 6 last day to postmark ballot for general election Nov 7 last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to BOE

Vote411.org: one-stop shop for voter information

Vote411.org Find the facts about voting in your state at Vote411.org. Before an election, find your polling place. Read candidates' response to questions put to each position being contested.

Directory of Public Officials

Register at DMV Website

The NY State Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Voter Registration Application 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 FAQs about Electronic Voter Registration

Who Is Eligible to Vote?

To register, you must be
  • a U.S. citizen
  • 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file the voter registration form
  • 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.

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 telephone: (631) 852-4500

You may also 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.

Informative websites

For information about NY State elections, go to LWV of NY and choose Voter Services from the menu on left. Information is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Choose Registration and Voting near the top of the left hand column for the following information:

  • Voter registration and voter information
  • How to register to vote
  • Absentee ballots
  • Election schedules, links to more voter resources
  • Registration forms
  • Online registration forms

Reach the League of Women Voters of Suffolk County website here Click on Voter Information.

How to contact Suffolk County Board of Elections

Mailing address:

Suffolk County Board of Elections
Yaphank Avenue
P.O. Box 700
Yaphank, NY11980

Phone: 631-852-4500

We sponsor candidate debates

On 10/22/15 a record crowd gathered to hear candidates debate in Southampton

Southampton Town Board candidates, left to right, Damon Hagan, John Bouvier, Julie Hofstad and Christine Scalera

Suffolk County Legislature candidates, l to r, Amos Goodman and Bridget Fleming, with LWVH moderator and Voter Services co-chair Carol Mellor at podium

Southampton Town Supervisor candidates Jay Schneiderman and Robert Yastrzemski

We Register Voters

The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register, vote and participate in government and politics. We sponsor candidates meetings, debates and interviews; conduct voter registration drives; provide information to the public about voting; and get out the vote on Election Day.
National Voter Registration Day 2014

Voter Services e-mail: voterservices@lwvhamptons.org. Hamptons League telephone: 631-324-4637