NEW YORK (PIX11) — New Yorkers are expected to hit the polls starting on Saturday as early voting kicks off for the primary elections.

Early voting for congressional races as well as some state Senate seats runs until Aug. 21. Primary day is Aug. 23. 

Polling times and locations vary, so New Yorkers should make sure to check their local information. City officials reminded residents also to check if they’re registered to vote.

The early voting hours in NYC are as follows:

  • Aug. 13 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 14 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 15 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 16 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 17 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 18 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 19 – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 20 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 21 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A poll site list as well as other voting information can be found here. Aside from knowing the voting hours and locations, it goes without saying that voters should check out the candidates before hitting the polls.

It’s a battle of the East versus the West sides of Manhattan as two prominent Democrats are up for one seat in the House. Now, there’s a newcomer who’s also trying to shake up the race.

Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney are two well-known committee chairs in their 70s who are fighting over the same seat in the 12th Congressional District. Suraj Patel has entered the fray for a third try in an effort to unseat the veterans of Capitol Hill. 

Nadler and Maloney had served side by side for years, but a newly drawn congressional map has merged the districts into one. In a recent PIX11 poll, Nadler was ahead in the tight race. 

Meanwhile, another closely watched race is in the newly drawn 10th district in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where Rep. Mondaire Jones is in a packed race against Dan Goldman, Carlina Rivera, Yuh-Line Niou, Liz Holtzman and Jo Ann Simon.  

Due to the redistricting controversy and timing of the rare August primary, voter turnout is not expected to be exceptionally high. However, many candidates were expected to attend a reproductive rights rally Saturday morning at Washington Square Park to drum up last-minute votes.

Tune in to PIX11 and on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. to watch the leading Democratic candidates in the race for New York Congressional District 10 square off in a live debate in collaboration with Medgar Evers College.