Tag: Democracy

State and Local Primary Elections, Sep 13

Voters in New York, that are affiliated with a political party, have several primary races to vote for. These Primary Elections give voters the chance to select candidates for state and local level offices (Governor, State Senator, State Assembly, County Clerk, Town Justice, etc.).

Though elections are typically held on Tuesdays, this year’s primary election was moved to Thursday, September 13, after Cuomo signed a bill to move the date back two days. The previously announced date—September 11—would not only conflict with the end of Rosh Hashanah, but would also present a conflict for those who may be commemorating the 17th anniversary of 9/11.

State/Local primary election: Thursday, September 13

General election: Tuesday, November 6

Visit the Columbia County Board of Elections site (here) for locations.



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NY Special Election is Today, Apr 24, 2018

Voters in New York head to the polls today for a special election to fill vacant seats in the state senate and assembly. Although most of the attention is focused on two state senate races to our south (Westchester County, and the Bronx), Some Columbia County residents also have the opportunity to select a new Assembly Member.

The 107th Assembly District seat was left vacant after the resignation of Steven McLaughlin (R). McLaughlin resigned in January 2018 to become a Rensselaer County executive. Cynthia Doran (D) and Jacob Ashby (R) are facing off in the special election.

The 107th district includes Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Hillsdale, Kinderhook, and New Lebanon.

Stockport and Stuyvesant, which are in the 102nd Assembly District will also select a new Assembly Member. This seat was left vacant after the resignation of Peter Lopez (R) in October 2017. Aidan O’Connor Jr. (D), Christopher Tague (R), and Wesley Laraway (Reform) are facing off in the special election.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Polls open from 6am – 9pm

Visit the Columbia County Board of Elections site (here) for locations.



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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

NY Election Results

The NY State Board of Elections site has some great charts that show full breakdowns of yesterday’s election results. You can view them all through an easy interface with drop down menus. Following are a few Columbia County specific results. To view all the state results, visit nyenr.elections.state.ny.us by clicking here.




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You probably don’t need a reminder that today is election day, but here are some helpful tips for New York voters.

• Polls are open 6 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

• If you’ve voted in New York before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

• If you’re voting for the first time in New York, submitted your registration by mail, and didn’t provide a copy of your New York driver’s license, state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents when you vote in person on Election Day.

• To find your polling location, just google “where do I vote”.

I think it’s safe to assume you have heard who is running for President. Here are the candidates running for New York offices.




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