Tompkins County primary elections Thursday for Ithaca 2nd ward Democrats and Lansing Republicans

September 9, 2015 by Rachel Cera

New York State's primary election day, usually the Tuesday after the second Monday of September, has been moved to Thursday, September 10 this year. The primary was moved to avoid the conflict with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which is next Tuesday, September 15.

In the Town of Lansing, Republican voters will be choosing between Edward J. LaVigne and Christopher Williams for the Republican nomination for Town Supervisor. The four-year term will be elected at November's general election.

Democratic voters in the City of Ithaca's Second Ward will be selecting a Democratic nominee for Alderperson to serve on Common Council, between Ducson Nguyen and Isabelle M. Ramos.

This isn't the primary election for the 2016 presidential race, but it's important to note that a deadline's coming up for that. In order to vote in a primary election in the State of New York, a voter must be registered in that particular party. The deadline to change your party affiliation for the presidential primary taking place in New York in April 2016 is October 9, 2015. Voters can register to vote or change their party affiliation using a form available at the Tompkins County Board of Elections web site.

Polls will be open from 12 noon to 9pm on Thursday, September 10. Voters can look up their polling places at the New York State Board of Elections web site

New York State law requires employers to give workers time to vote, without loss of pay, if their work hours would otherwise not give them time to get to the polls. If there isn't a block of four consecutive hours between either the opening of the polls and the beginning of your shift, or between the end of your shift and the closing of the polls, you have the right to take up to two off from work, without any loss of pay, in order to vote. You do need to request the time off from your employer during the period from ten working days to two working days before the election.

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