It's just about time to head to the polls again, citizens of New York! Registered party members will be voting this week in New York's (mainly Democratic) primary races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and more.
The race getting all the attention, of course, is the Democratic gubernatorial primary, pitting Governor Andrew Cuomo against actor-cum-activist Cynthia Nixon.
Uptowners who live in New York State Senate District 31 (running along Manhattan's west side from Chelsea all the way up to Inwood) should know there's a battleground race involving two Democrats: former City Councilman Robert Jackson is trying to unseat incumbent Marisol Alcantara.
In a break from previous years, the date to vote in the primaries has been pushed from Tuesday to Thursday, September 13. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to move the date forward in order to avoid any conflicts with the anniversary of 9/11 and Rosh Hashanah (this year only).
Those casting their ballots this week should also double-check their polling place on the city's Board of Elections poll site locator. My location, for example, moved this year from PS 194 on W 144th Street to PS 192 on W 138th Street. That's a big difference–the former is about a 15 minute walk east, while the latter is a 5-minute walk south.
To see who else is racing whom this Thursday, check out Ballotpedia's complete guide.
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