Register to Vote, Find Your Polling Place, Request an Absentee Ballot
IS ONE STAMP ENOUGH POSTAGE TO MAIL BACK A BALLOT?
YES! The Melville post office hub has agreed to deliver your ballot with only one stamp and the Yaphank branch will charge the Board of Elections if there is overage. If you take your ballot to the post office to have it weighed, they will charge you 70 cents postage. If you put one stamp on it and mail it at the post office, it will definitely be delivered to the Board of Elections. They have this assurance in writing from the post office and the Board has already received over 100,000 ballots with only one stamp on the envelope.
WHERE CAN WE DROP-OFF A BALLOT IF WE DON'T WANT TO MAIL IT BACK?
A sealed ballot envelope may only be dropped off at one of three locations:
1. At the Board of Elections in Yaphank, from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
700 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank (Exit 67 off the LIE).
2. At an Early Voting site between October 24th - November 1st, during hours open for voting.
At any polling site open on Election Day, November 3rd, from 6am to 9pm. Note that you may drop-off your family and friends ballots as well, as long as the envelope is sealed, dated and signed by the voter.
WHAT COLOR INK MAY A VOTER USE ON A BALLOT?
Due to a resolution recently passed by the State legislature, the NYS Board was mandated to simplify the ballot and clarify it for the voter. For that reason, they removed the “use blue or black ink” instruction from the ballot. Blue or black ink is preferable, since it makes the darkest impression. But any color ink is acceptable. You can also use a pencil, but it is NOT recommended because it can smudge.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHERE I CAN EARLY VOTE? MAY I GO TO ANY LOCATION?
Early Voting locations and dates and times to vote are on the Suffolk County Board of Elections Website. A Suffolk voter can go to any of the 12 locations (even if they don’t live in that town) and receive a ballot for their election district.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHO WINS? WHAT VOTES WILL BE INCLUDED ON THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WEBSITE IN ELECTION NIGHT?
On Election Night, the Board will be posting the results on their website as they usually do. These Unofficial Results include every voter who voted on a tabulator on Election Day, November 3rd. It also includes all the voters’ results from those who voted by tabulator during Early Voting. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE any votes from the Absentee Ballots that were sent to the Board.
With thanks to Suffolk County Dems (www.suffolkcountydems.com)
What You Need to Know Ahead of the General Election
If you are in New York State / Nassau County looking to vote in upcoming elections, here are your options:
Voter Registration Look-Up
- Use this easy NY State Voter Look-Up to verify where you are currently registered to vote
- See our How to Vote Absentee page for details on how to apply for an absentee ballot.
- Starting October 24, New York voters can vote before Election Day. See here for nearby locations and opening hours
New registrations must be postmarked by October 9th at the latest and absentee ballot applications must be postmarked by October 27th at the latest, but please return your ballots as soon as you receive them. Ballots should be mailed out 3 to 4 weeks before November 3rd.
Not only can you drop-off your own ballots, you may also drop-off ballots of family, friends and neighbors. Please make sure that all ballots dropped-off are sealed in the Board of Elections envelope and signed by the voter on the outside of the envelope.
Useful Links for New York State including Suffolk County
- Voter Registration Look-Up
- Early-Voting Polling Places & Times (web)
- Early-Voting Polling Places & Times (PDF)
- NY State Board of Elections