Suffolk County

Absentee Ballots
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Here's the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

At least one person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

The counting of hundreds of absentee ballots has stopped temporarily while election officials take precautions to keep staff and observers safe. Both Democratic and Republican elections commissioners have self-quarantined and will be tested this week.

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Suffolk County has a $3.2 billion budget for 2021. It includes eliminates 500 county jobs, halts the police academy and slashes county services to address a projected $1.5 billion budget shortfall over the next three years related to the pandemic.

Voters check in to receive ballots at the Domus Kids, inc. polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Stamford, Conn.
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has joined a growing number of New York Democrats who have called for a significant overhaul of how election officials are selected. State law requires that county board of elections commissioners are selected by local Democratic and Republican party leaders to form a bipartisan department.

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New York state and county election officials on Long Island say the counting of absentee ballots this week will be secure. That’s as election officials from across the U.S. tell The New York Times that there is no evidence of voting irregularities, in response to false statements made by President Trump and his allies claiming rampant voter fraud denied him a second term.

Office of the Suffolk County Executive

Suffolk County will launch a school bus camera program next year to catch drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. About 6,000 school buses will get enforcement cameras installed on their “Stop” arms to monitor up to eight lanes of traffic.