Polls have opened for Primary Day. What you need to know
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Polls have opened for the June 28th Primary Day. The big questions to be decided: Will Governor Kathy Hochul beat her Democratic challengers? Which Republican candidate will be on the ballot in November?
First off, to vote in a Primary you have to be enrolled in a political party. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For most Republicans in our area, it’s just the race for Governor on the ballot. For most Democrats, you’ll be voting for governor and lieutenant governor.
Three Democrats are hoping to land their party’s nomination for Governor. Incumbent Kathy Hochul is running against Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi and New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams. Hochul’s lieutenant governor is Antonio Delgado. Suozzi’s running mate is Diana Reyna. Activist Ana Maria Archila teamed up with Williams.
On the Republican ballot, Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is running for governor along with Trump ally Andrew Giuliani, Businessman Harry Wilson and Congressman Lee Zeldin. The only Republican candidate for lieutenant governor is Alison Esposito. So there’s no primary there. Zeldin named the former New York City Police Deputy Inspector as his running mate.
The June Primary also includes State Assembly races. All 150 seats are up from grabs in November, but there aren’t many primary challenges. The State Attorney General and State Comptroller candidates are unopposed in the primaries.
No Democrats are running against U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, but he will face Republican Joe Pinion in the fall.
In Rochester, Democrats are facing a primary for Rochester City Court Judge. Jacquelyn Grippe, Van White, Latoya Lee and Constance Patterson are all running. Only two can be on the ballot as Democrats in November. Grippe and Lee will also be on the November ballot under the Working Families lines.
In Ontario County, there’s a Republican Primary for Sheriff. Ontario County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Cirencione is running against former Federal Officer and retired Gates Police Sergeant Silvio Palermo.
Keep in mind your polling place could be different from the one you go to on Election Day. So check with your local Board of Elections. Primaries for Congress and State Senate are set for August 23.
So far, more than 4,000 people have voted in the Primary across Monroe County during early voting between June 18 through June 26.
If you’re registered to vote, but not registered with a party, you can vote in the General Election held on November 8.
You can find links to your local County’s Board of Elections below: