Worried About Covid? Our How-To Guide on How to Vote Absentee
Help defeat Trump’s effort to gum up the works and defeat Trump himself
The rules have changed this year due to the pandemic. You don’t have to be sick to get an absentee ballot. Any registered voter who chooses not to go to the polls as a health precaution and checks the temporary illness box on the application will get an absentee ballot.
All the traditional reasons for voting absentee are still available – absence from the county, permanent illness or disability, primary caregivers, VHA hospital patients, and prisoners – but this use of the temporary illness ground to give people the option of mail-in voting as a health measure is new this year and anyone reluctant to vote in person because of Covid should take advantage of it.
BUT ACT EARLY, PLEASE. Trump’s attempts to slow down the mail will almost certainly do some damage to our 2020 election. The best way to counter that is to mail early.
Ok, here’s the process
REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:
ELECTRONICALLY through NY State Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Application Portal: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov
- Box 1 – check reason for applying, e.g., temporary illness, or absence from county, or other reason.
- Box 2 – check General Election only.
- Boxes 3, 4, & 5 – supply personal info requested.
- Box 6 – skip (for primaries only).
- Box 7 – check Mail ballot to me and give mailing address.
- Box 8 – sign & date.
By sending an application request via EMAIL to: Absentee.Voters@SuffolkCountyNY.gov
By MAILING a request to Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank, NY 11980. An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.
Pick up your application IN-PERSON by going to the Board of Elections front desk at 700 Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank (Exit 67 off LIE and Exit 57 off Sunrise), between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, no later than November 2nd.
Yes, you may also DESIGNATE someone to pick your ballot up for you if you cannot do it yourself or you’re unable to receive it through the mail. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot. Please include the following with your application request:
- Your full name
- Your date of birth
- The reason for your request
- Address where you are registered to vote
- The address where the ballot is to be sent
- The signature of the voter (for request by mail only)
WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
When you receive the ballot itself, turn it around as fast as possible. We expect ballots to be mailed out to voters three to four weeks before November 3rd. Your completed ballot may be:
MAILED to the Board of Elections as described above and postmarked as late as November 3rd
HAND-DELIVERED to the Board of Elections as described above no later than November 4th
DROPPED OFF at any Early Voting Location by you or others between October 24th and November 1st. Of the 12 Early Voting Location in Suffolk County, in Southampton Town, it’s the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University at 70 Tuckahoe Road in Southampton)
At any Polling Place by you or others on Election Day, November 3rd. Don’t forget to seal the envelope and sign it.
Again, please don’t delay; try to get your ballot back out the day it comes in or the next day. That’s how we’ll defeat Trump’s effort to gum up the works, and defeat Trump himself.
For more information go to www.shdems.org/2020-election