City preps for NY primary Tuesday after COVID-19 delay

Election 2020
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NEW YORK — New York’s primary, delayed until June 23 due to COVID-19, has arrived.

It will be a primary unlike any in state history, with expanded absentee balloting amid several heated primaries.

Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 9 p.m.

Voters can find their polling place here.

However, there have already been some voting issues.

During early voting, about 50,000 people in the city cast an in person ballot. There were special precautions being taken, which will continue on Election Day.

Masks are required. Poll workers will also wear gloves and sit behind plexiglass dividers.

Plus, thousands of special pens have even been ordered for voters to keep to reduce contact. The pens can be used as a stylus to sign in on touch screens, and clicked open to fill-out ballots.

However, it is unclear how many people will even show up on Election Day. More than 700,000 people have requested absentee ballots in the city alone.

The NYC Board of Elections says about 95% of those ballots have been sent. But this accounting still leaves tens of thousands without their ballot.

All ballots must be postmarked by Election Day. Those who have yet to receive their absentee ballot may still vote in person if they are able.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say if he can or will extend the postmark limitation on these mail-in ballots.

This year, the primaries feature an unusually high level of competitive races for New York.

Educator Jamaal Bowman is giving the first real challenge to Congressman Eliot Engel in 20 years by saying he lost touch with a district that spans from the north Bronx into Westchester Country. Bowman has the support of progressive including Sen. Bernie Sanders. He is trying to repeat the success of Congresswoman Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez, who took down long time Congressman Joseph Crowley in 2018.

Ocasio-Cortez also has a primary challenger of her own in former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

Caruso-Cabrera has taken the Congresswoman to task by saying she has spent too much time becoming a national figure and not dedicating herself to the people of the Bronx and Queens.

Congressman Ocasio-Cortez points to Caruso-Cabrera’s Wall Street connections and that she is a newcomer to the district.

In Brooklyn’s 9th Congressional District, Representative Yvette Clarke is trying to stave off a crowded field that includes Organizer Adem Bunkeddeko, who nearly beat her two years ago, along with Councilman Chaim Deutch and Organizer Isiah James.

There is also been a scramble to replace long time congressional figures who are retiring. On Long Island, there are crowded primaries in both parties to replace Peter King. In Westchester and Rockland counties, there is a crowed Democratic field looking to claim Nita Lowey’s long time seat.

However, the race to watch most carefully might be the scramble for Jose Serrano’s old seat in the south Bronx.

The contest features New York City Councilman Rittchie Torres, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Former Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Conservative and controversial Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. and many more.

Once available, results will be posted here.

Initially, the presidential primary was canceled by the state’s Democratic Party, but that decision was overturned by a judge, saying ballots must include the contest.

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