Live Election Updates: It’s primary day in New York City. Here’s what you need to know.
The polls are officially open in the five boroughs on Tuesday for the second of two primaries this summer. While the June 28 primary asked voters to decide their party’s nominee for the gubernatorial and state assembly races, this one will decide candidates for the state Senate and Congressional positions.
The second primary is the result of a chaotic state-level redistricting process that led to a judge ordering two primary contests after ruling Democrats illegally drew the legislative and congressional maps. The extra time was required for a court-appointed mapmaker to reconfigure the state’s Senate and Congress lines.
PREPARE IN VOTE ISOLATION
- You can find the voting site assigned to you and a sample ballot here
- here is a who is who on the ballot for the state Senate and Congressional races.
- Check out Gothamist’s voting guide for the state senate and two key congressional races
- If you get an absentee ballot, but change your mind and decide to vote in person, you can only do so using an affidavit ballot.
Although not all districts will have a primary this year (check here to find out if yours has one), the redesigned maps resulted in two hotly contested races in New York, mostly for seats in the newly redesigned 10th and 12th congressional districts.
The 10th Congressional District — spanning all of Lower Manhattan and western sections of Brooklyn — has 12 candidates vying for the seat (former Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the ballot but dropped out). Top contenders include former District Attorney Daniel Goldman, Manhattan Assemblyman Yuh-Line Niou, Manhattan Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Hudson Valley Rep. Mondaire Jones, and former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (a full list of nominees and their biography can be found here).
The candidates largely share the same progressive values, but have differing views on bail reform, congestion pricing and student loan debt.
In the 12th Precinct, the redrawn maps have two political heavyweights — Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, both Democrats — vying for the same seat that will exclusively cover Manhattan, from Stuyvesant Town to the Upper West Side. Suraj Patel, a lawyer who has previously challenged Maloney twice, is also seeking the seat, presenting his candidacy as one that would bring new ideas to Washington, D.C. Maloney and Nadler have been in office since the 1990s. the result, the contests will result in the loss of a senior congressman in New York, which has political cachet.
There are also races for state Senate seats, with Sen. Gustavo Rivera looking to fend off a challenge against Miguelina Camilo, an early candidate backed by the Bronx Democratic Party. In Brooklyn, State Senator Kevin Parker faces a challenge from David Alexis, a Democratic socialist backed by the Working Families Party and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The races caught the attention of super PACs in favor of Camilo and Parker, two moderates taking on progressives.
Early voting turnout was lower than in the June 28 primary, when voters voted for governor, lieutenant governor and other races. Figures from the city’s Board of Elections show 76,335 people voted in person during the nine days of early voting. That compares to the 86,890 people who visited a polling station during early voting for the June 28 primary. But, the number can be considered positive since not all state senates or congressional districts have a primary on the ballot.
If you encounter problems at the polling stations, you can report them here at the state attorney general’s office or by calling (866) 390-2992.
You can also tell us about your experience — email us at [email protected] with the subject: 8.23 PRIMARY DAY.