Only one more day before the primary circus moves on. And yes, with all the media craze and constant rallies we had in the last two weeks, it’s about time.
But before that, there is one important thing to do: go and vote!
To be prepared, here are the four most important points from my guide on how to vote in the New York primary.
- Where do I need to go on Primary Day?
Use the online Poll Site Locator to find your polling site.
- What if I am at work and can’t get to vote?
According to New York election law, you can take up to two hours at the beginning or end of your shift (with pay) to vote if you do not have sufficient time outside of work to vote.The law considers four consecutive hours between your shift and the opening/closing of the polls as sufficient time. If you need to take work off, you need to inform your employer at least two days before the primary.
- Can I decide spontaneously in which primary I want to vote?
No. New York State has closed primaries, that means you can vote only in the primary of the party you are registered for.
- Who can I vote for?
The Democrats have two candidates on the ballot: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.The Republicans have six candidates on the ballot, even though some of them have already suspended their campaign: Donald J. Trump, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.
You can only vote for these listed candidates, in the primary there aren’t any write-ins.