Updated: June 11, 2021 11:07 PM
Created: June 11, 2021 09:28 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Early voting starts Saturday, June 12, for New York's June primary election. News10NBC is tracking several key races, including the race for Rochester mayor, city council seats, and Monroe County judge.
Voting machines are in place and are ready to collect ballots as we move toward primary day on June 22.
Here's something you need to know before you head out to the polls. Some places like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester located on Genesee Street will require voters to wear masks as they enter the building. Monroe County Democratic Commissioner Jackie Ortiz says there may be others rules as well.
"I believe SUNY Empire may be one of our other ones that will be requiring masks. At this point, I haven't heard, but as you go to the doors, they will be sure to let you know," Ortiz said.
During last year's presidential election, an overwhelming number of voters chose to vote by absentee instead of voting in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, Ortiz says the Board of Elections sent out approximately 6,000 absentee ballots.
"So at this point, the count that we have is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,700 that have returned," Ortiz said. "Again, a vast difference from where we were last year when we were talking about 103,000 that were returned."
In Monroe County, Democrats and Working Families voters will be able to vote in the primary. Republicans in the towns of Hamlin and Rush will also be able to cast a vote.
"It's extremely important what party you are registered in, and where you live will dictate whether or not you have a primary," Ortiz said. "So, if you live in the city and you are registered a Democrat, you certainly have primaries going on."
As for results on primary, the Board of Elections will provide numbers based on machine results.
"Every single day of early voting, we'll be keeping track of these results, and then on election night, we will compile the early voting numbers with Election Day, and then those will be the results that will be provided."
The state Senate and Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would make it easier to vote. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs off, there will be an increase in polling sites and longer hours. Right now, Ortiz tells News10NBC, we currently have a healthy number of early voting sites in Monroe County.
Click here for a list of early voting sites in Monroe County. News10NBC has all the information you need to know ahead of primary day in this voter guide. Stay with us on-air and online for primary day results.
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