Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications Is October 31

People who are already registered to vote in the Nov. 7 election but will be out of their voting district or otherwise unable to get to the polls have until Oct. 31 to mail their applications for absentee ballots to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Applications can be found online on the board of election's website at suffolkvotes.com in English and Spanish and are also available at public libraries and post offices.

Those passing by Yaphank can hand-deliver applications for absentee ballots to the board of elections until Nov. 6.

The board processes applications "immediately" according to its website, and then sends absentee ballots by mail. Those ballots must then be postmarked no later than the day before the election or hand-delivered to the board of elections by the close of polls on Election Day. Only properly mailed or delivered ballots received by the board of elections by Nov. 14 will be counted.

"Once you fill out the application, you need to mail it back quickly so that you get the actual ballot in the mail in time," said Arlene Hinkemeyer of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons.