Updated: May 11, 2021 05:45 PM
Created: May 11, 2021 05:14 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Primary elections in New York are next month and there are a number of contested primaries to watch in our area.
The big one is the race for mayor, where two-term incumbent Lovely Warren faces City Councilmember Malik Evans.
Also on the primary ballot are five seats on the city council, three on the Rochester Board of Education, and all Monroe County Legislature positions.
“It is extremely important that we do get the word out that we do have elections this year,” Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner Jackie Ortiz said.
Ortiz said deadlines for the Primary are quickly approaching.
“Please, please understand that May 28 is the deadline for new voter registrations and June 2 is our deadline for change of address,” Ortiz said.
Early voting will be held June 12 through the 20 with 14 different locations in Monroe County.
As for polling places for the Primary election, Ortiz said they're still dealing with the staffing impact from COVID-19.
“The number of locations has decreased slightly, we will still have a very healthy number. We're looking at about 260 or so locations this year, we had probably about 25 more locations in the general which is still for both of the elections at this time are a little bit lower than what we've traditionally seen in the past we still have issues obviously with COVID,” Ortiz said.
This year don't expect an absentee ballot to show up in the mail like it did last year.
“If everyone recalls last year we mailed out the absentee applications to every household, this year that is not going to happen, obviously it's a huge budget hit and was something required by the Governor’s executive order where it is not this year,” Ortiz said.
That means if you want to vote by mail you have to request an absentee ballot and send in an application.
The application has to be postmarked by June 15 and the ballot return postmarked by June 22.
“We still have the ability through the end of this year for anyone who is concerned about covid whether spreading and or contracting so anyone has the ability here in New York State to be able to apply for an absentee,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said the same COVID-19 protocols, whether you’re vaccinated or not, like masking, social distancing, and sanitizing will be required if you go in person.
“These are offices that really at the end of the day impact policy and dollar allocations to the things that we deem most important and so you have to make sure you're taking a look at where you stand, where candidates stand, and where you would like to see things go,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said if you go to the Board of Elections website, there's a voter app option.
That allows you to see if you're registered, it shows your party affiliation, and your ballot and you can also apply for that absentee ballot.
Not every municipality has a Primary election this year.
The following are registration and absentee application deadlines for the Primary to be held Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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