If you are unable to vote in this year’s Presidential election, you might want to consider an absentee ballot.
Qualifications To Vote By Absentee Ballot
- unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
- unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability
- a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
- detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony
How To Vote By Absentee Ballot
- Applications for Absentee Ballots are available below.
- You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form.
- Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
- You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
- the address where you are registered an address where the ballot is to be sent the reason for the request, and
- the signature of the voter
An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.
If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your board of elections containing a statement which describes the particulars of your illness or disability. The Board will review the facts stated, and if satisfied, will mark your registration record. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.
Any REGISTERED VOTER wishing to vote by Absentee Ballot must complete both sides of the Absentee Ballot Application (available by clicking below).
Here’s how it works
• You must be a registered voter in Suffolk County, and you must have a valid reason to vote absentee.
• Click on a link below to download a printable application for an Absentee Ballot.
• Print and complete both sides of the Absentee Ballot Application, and sign it.
• Mail the application to the Board of Elections.
Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank NY 11980
• Your completed application must be postmarked no later than the seventh day before the election. You may also hand-deliver it to the Board of Elections up until the day before the election.
• Your application will be processed immediately.
• If your application is validated, the Board of Elections will confirm your validation by letter, and you will receive your Absentee Ballot by mail. (If your application is processed very close to the election date, you will simply receive the Absentee Ballot by mail without prior written notice.)