Election 2022: What you need to know about local races

Today is election day and voters across the state and the Mohawk Valley are heading to the polls in the Nov. 8 New York General Election.

Once we have live results we will be tracking governor and U.S. congressional races here. Local race results will be available as well.

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Kathy Hochul vs Lee Zeldin - NY Governor race

Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Long Island Republican congressman, veteran and Trump supporter, will face incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who has been in office just over a year after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

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Attorney General

Incumbent Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat who has been in office since 2019, faces a challenge from New York City attorney Michael Henry, a Republican.

New York State Comptroller

Paul Rodriguez, a Republican investor, is challenging incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Long Island Democrat who was first elected to the role by a bipartisan majority of the state Legislature in 2007.

NY State Supreme Court: 5th district

Eight candidates are vying for one of four open seats on the New York State Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District — covering Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties — this Election Day.

David A. Murad, the only incumbent on the ballot, is running on the Democratic line along with fellow Democrats Charles A. Keller, Christina Cagnina and John W. Dillon. Republicans William Ramseier, Kevin P. Kuehner, Julie Grow Denton and Mark Rose are running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Francis Conole vs Brandon Williams - 22nd Congressional District

Two veterans and political newcomers will face off in this newly formed Central New York District − Democrat Francis Conole and Republican Brandon Williams. Parts of the district were represented by Rep. John Katko, D-Camillus, who is not running for reelection.

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Elise Stefanik vs Matt Castelli - 21st Congressional District

In this North Country district, Democrat Matt Castelli, who worked with the CIA and in counterterrorism under the Obama Administration, will take on Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Republican conference chair.

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Daniel Buttermann, Colton Mennig, Brian Miller: NY 122nd Assembly District

State Assemblyman Brian Miller is running again and will face a pair of challengers — Daniel Buttermann and Colton Mennig — for the newly drawn 122nd Assembly seat. The Assembly seat includes the towns of Augusta, Bridgewater, Kirkland, Marshall, New Hartford, Paris, Sangerfield, Verona, Vernon and Westmoreland in Oneida County. It also includes the cities of Oneida and Oneonta.

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Marianne Buttenschon vs John Zielinski: NY 119th Assembly District

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon and John Zielinski will face off in a rematch of the 2020 election, which saw the incumbent Buttenschon retain her seat. The new 119th Assembly District includes the cities of Utica and Rome, as well as the towns of Deerfield, Floyd, Marcy and Whitestown.

Oneida County local races

Here are the local races we are following:

Oneida County Sheriff

For the first time since he was elected to office, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, who is pursuing his fourth term as sheriff and is running on the Democrat and Conservative lines, has a challenger in the election bid for his position. Whitestown Republican James Scarchilli is running on the "We the People" line for county sheriff in what the Whitestown police officer and business owner described as an "Independent grassroots" campaign.

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Oneida County Clerk

Mary Finegan, a Republican, and Merima Smajic-Oren, a Democrat, are running for Oneida County clerk after Sandra J. DePerno officially announced her retirement in late 2021. Both candidates have focused on the Rome Department of Motor Vehicles as the primary issue facing the county clerk's office.

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What time are polls open?

Polls are open for regular voting from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Am I eligible to vote in New York?

Here are the qualifications to vote in New York:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen;

  • Be 18 or older;

  • Not be in prison for a felony conviction;

  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere;

  • And not found to be incompetent by a court.

Where do I vote in NY?

You can look up where you are registered to vote, and which polling place you can attend, at voterlookup.elections.ny.gov.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

In order to vote by absentee ballot in this election, you must have requested an absentee ballot online or by mail prior to Monday, Oct. 24, or requested one in person at your county Board of Elections Office by Nov. 7.

You can mail in your absentee ballot if you ensure it has a postmark no later than Nov. 8. You can also deliver it in person to your county Board of Elections office or a polling site in your county by Nov. 8.

Note that if you applied for an absentee ballot but then decide to vote in-person on the machine at your polling location, you will have to fill out an affidavit ballot, according to a recent New York law.

You can apply to vote by absentee ballot next year, starting on Jan. 1, 2023.

To qualify, you must meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You are absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.

  • You’re unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.

  • You’re a resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.

  • You’re in jail or prison for any reason other than a felony conviction. This includes anyone who is awaiting grand jury action, awaiting trial, or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor.

This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: Oneida, Herkimer 2022 live election results