NY primaries: What to know about where and when to vote, and who's running

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New Yorkers will head to the polls Tuesday for the Democratic and Republican primaries, where they will have both state and local races on the ballot.

New York’s statewide primaries for governor and lieutenant governor are taking place Tuesday, as well as Assembly primary races across New York.

Primaries for congressional and state Senate races will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 23, followed by the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

New Yorkers can only vote in one of the primaries if they are registered to vote under the corresponding party.

Here’s everything you need to know about voting in New York Tuesday and where to find results.

Can I still register to vote in the primary?

The deadline has passed to register to vote in time for the June primary.

Registrations by mail must be postmarked no later than July 29 for someone to vote in the Aug. 23 primaries, and no later than Oct. 29 to vote in the general election.

Am I eligible to vote?

To vote in New York, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;

  • Be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18)

  • Be a resident of New York and the county, city or village in which you reside for at least 30 days before the election

  • Not be in prison for a felony conviction

  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court

  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

To register to vote in New York for upcoming elections, go to Elections.ny.gov.

Where is my polling location?

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

When are polls open?

Polls are open statewide from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

Voters cast their ballots at privacy booths during early voting at the Brooklyn Museum, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020, in New York.
Voters cast their ballots at privacy booths during early voting at the Brooklyn Museum, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020, in New York.

In order to vote by absentee ballot, you must have qualified for and applied for an absentee ballot prior to Tuesday.

If you did so, you can mail it in, ensuring it has a postmark no later than June 28, or ensure that it arrives in person at your county Board of Elections office or a polling site in your county no later than 9 p.m. on June 28.

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 still apply for an absentee ballot for the August primaries and the November general election.

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 at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).

  • 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.

To apply for an absentee ballot, go to Elections.ny.gov.

Who is running?

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a legislative package to protect abortion rights in New York, Monday, June 13, 2022. New York has expanded legal protections for people seeking and providing abortions in the state under legislation signed by Gov. Hochul on Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a legislative package to protect abortion rights in New York, Monday, June 13, 2022. New York has expanded legal protections for people seeking and providing abortions in the state under legislation signed by Gov. Hochul on Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The June 28 primary will feature races for governor and lieutenant governor, as well as a smattering of Assembly members and judges across the state, depending on the area.

The New York Attorney General Letitia James and the New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli are running unopposed in their primaries, as is Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, who will face a Republican challenger in November.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates include incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, Rep. Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2019.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2019.

Republican gubernatorial candidates include Rep. Lee Zeldin; Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy Giuliani; former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson.

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor include incumbent Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, Diana Reyna and Ana Maria Archila.

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor include Alison Esposito.

Voters should note that while lieutenant governor candidates are associated with candidates for governor, the two do not run on the same ticket — they are separate races.

To find out what other races you’ll be voting on in your area, go to www.Vote411.org, where you can look up your ballot based on your address.

Where can I find results?

Find unofficial results on New York's Board of Elections website at Nyenr.elections.ny.gov.

Sarah Taddeo is the New York State Team Editor for the USA Today Network. Got a story tip or comment? Contact Sarah at STADDEO@Gannett.com or on Twitter @Sjtaddeo. This coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Please consider becoming a digital subscriber.

This article originally appeared on New York State Team: New York primaries: Where to vote, and who's running in your area