There are a lot of things New York needs to do to boost voter turnout in general elections and primaries — same-day voter registration, multi-day voting, no-excuse absentee ballots.
But none of those are in effect today, the day when voters in several communities in our area go to the polls to select candidates to represent the various political parties in the November general election.
So if you’re enrolled in a political party and there are races in your community today, you’re just going to have to motivate yourself to vote.
With voter turnout in local primaries in New York ranging from about 5 to 20 percent, you’ve got a good chance to make a real difference if you cast a ballot today.
In some races, the primary is as important as the general election in determining the winner, since the winner often gets the prime party line that will carry them to victory in November.
That could very well happen in Gloversville, where a hotly contested Republican Party primary for mayor between incumbent Dayton King and newcomer Bill Rowback could determine the winner in November.
With only 3,116 enrolled Republicans, and only a few hundred voters expected to vote in the primary, your vote today could be the difference in who the next city mayor is.
In Princetown, the stakes are equally high, as two candidates seek the Republican nomination for supervisor. Incumbent Louis Esposito only took over the top job in December; he faces former Supervisor Michael Joyce. There are only 555 Republicans registered to vote in the town, giving each voter who does turn out some pretty good clout.
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