Good Question: August primary and district changes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With Tuesday’s primary over, we’re halfway done with primary season, which had changes to the cycle this year.

Next up is another state primary. This time it’s for state Senate seats in Albany and also for Congress. It’s August 23. Maybe you missed the deadlines for this week’s primary or are moving across town and records need to be updated.

Here are the important deadlines coming up before the day the polls actually open:

MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Application must be postmarked no later than July 29, 2022 and received by a board of elections no later than August 3, 2022 to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than July 29, 2022.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 3, 2022 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Primary.

Keep in mind—the updated congressional maps. Two big changes are new this year locally.

Let’s start with the race between Congressman Joe Morelle and GOP challenger La’Ron Singletary.

In the changes made by the state, the 25th District included parts of Victor and Canandaigua. That’s gone. But now, if you live in northern Orleans County, Morelle and Singletary will be on your ballot next fall.

Also, the 24th District stretches from Niagara County to Watertown. If you live in this new district, your primary vote is on Aug. 23.