PLATTSBURGH — Voters wishing to participate in the June 25 primary in New York state must be registered in a party by May 31.
While there are no statewide primaries, there are numerous local races to be voted on.
Only voters in registered parties can vote in those specific primaries.
In Clinton County, voters in the Independence Party can cast write-in ballots for Clinton County Legislature races in Areas 3, 5 and 7.
The write-in ballots are what is known as an Opportunity to Ballot primary.
Opportunity to Ballot races will also be held for the Independence Party for town council seats in AuSable, Beekmantown, Peru and Schuyler Falls.
Voters can write in up to two names for those council races.
There will be an Independence Party Opportunity to Ballot race for the town supervisor seats in Black Brook and Schuyler Falls, where voters can write in one name.
The Independence Party will also hold a traditional primary in the Town of Plattsburgh for a town justice seat; voters can choose between James Joyce and Alicia Sirk.
The Working Families Party will also hold Opportunity to Ballot elections for two seats on the Town Council and town supervisor in Schuyler Falls, and for two Peru Town council seats.
The Conservative Party will also hold an Opportunity to Ballot election for two Town Council seats in Peru.
In Essex County, there will be primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties in various towns.
Registered Republican voters will vote in primary races for town supervisor in Chesterfield; Town Council (two seats) and superintendent of highways in Crown Point; Elizabethtown Town Council (one seat); two Keene Town Council seats; superintendent of highways in the Town of Newcomb; two North Elba Town Council seats; and town supervisor and town clerk/tax collector in Willsboro.
In the Republican primary for Chesterfield town supervisor, Clayton Barber is running against Russell Blaise.
In the Crown Point Council race, John Wayman, Roxanne Burns, Clayton Menser Sr. and Tara Peters are vying for two seats.
Also in Crown Point, Republicans will choose among Roy Cutting, Cory Armstrong and Kevin Woods for superintendent of highways.
In Elizabethtown, Cathleen Bradley Reusser and Kenneth Fenimore are running for one seat on the Republican line for Town Council.
In Keene, David Deyo, John Hudson and Jerry D. Smith are running for the two seats in the Town Council race.
In Newcomb, Clifford Demars and Norman Fifield are running in the Republican primary for superintendent of highways.
In North Elba, Jeremy Mihill, Richard Cummings and Doug Hoffman are vying for two council positions.
In the Willsboro Republican primary, Wendy Sayward is challenging Town Supervisor Shaun Gillilland, and Lori Gay and Bridget Brown are seeking the party line for the town clerk/tax collector spot.
Democrats in Elizabethtown will fill one Town Council seat; Richard Guy Smith is running against Cathleen Bradley Reusser.
In Jay, Christopher Garrow is pitted against Knut Sauer for Town Council.
There are no primaries in Franklin County.
HOW TO REGISTER
Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight Friday, May 31, and received by local board of elections offices by no later than June 5 to be valid for the upcoming primary election.
New Yorkers wanting to register in person may do so at their county boards of elections but must do so no later than May 31, according to the New York State Board of Elections.
You may also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles website (MyDMV) no later than May 31, as long as you have a New York state driver’s license, non-driver identification card or learner’s permit.
The voter registration form can be downloaded at: www.elections.ny.gov.
Voters can also register or find forms at most state and federal government offices, including a local public library and post office.
If you are 17 years old and will be 18 before the end of the calendar year, you can pre-register now and will be eligible to vote in any election that occurs on or after your 18th birthday.
Those who are unsure whether they are registered, wish to verify their current address or party enrollment, or find out where to vote, may also look up the information at: www.elections.ny.gov.
Polls will be open on Primary Day from noon to 9 p.m.
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