The off-year local Primary Elections will be this Thursday, September 10. The polls are open from Noon to 9:00 PM. This is the event where County Parties have their members decide who is going to represent them in the November General Election.
There is a need for a Primary only if there are more candidates who have filed a petition for a position than the number of open spots. For example, if a Town Board has two open seats, and one or two people have filed a petition with signatures from local party members, there is no need for a primary. If a third person had filed a petition for that position, there would be a need to have an election to decide which two people will be placed on the November ballot.
With that in mind, there may be counties/towns/cities/ with a large number of primary races, and some with few. There may be no primary races in your town or County. That is the case in Schuyler County.
Below are the links to each county’s Board of Election Website. Some of the Counties have posted a sample ballot for each election. Some have a list of candidates for each race–but not in a ballot form. Some counties still have the 2014 primary ballots on line, but not the 2015 ballots. (The 2014 ballots would have included state wide candidates).
Many websites gives you the opportunity to confirm where you vote. Board of Elections have been know to change the voting locations, or, combined two small districts into one for a primary with an expected low voter turnout.
Some people may be confused about which political party they have signed up for. This generally happens when they sign up for a minor party (for example–Conservative Party) but usually vote Republican in the General Election. Only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary. (To add to the confusion, the rules covering Primaries may be different in different states.)
Robert McGill, Jr, who often comments on New NY 23rd articles, is running for Waterloo Town Board in Seneca County. Good Luck Bob! If any other New NY 23rd reader is running, please let us know.