Federal primary is June 26

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

This year New York State will be holding its Federal Primary Election on June 26. 

In the past, this election was held along with the state and local primary election in September.  

Because of the MOVE act (Military Overseas Voter Empowerment act), the elections must be held on a date that will allow ballots to be mailed to the military and overseas voters at least 45 days before that election.  

With New York’s previous primaries being held in September, there wasn’t enough time before the General Election to allow for the 45 day mailing, according to Robert Brechco (D) and Amy Daines (R), Yates County’s Elections Commissioners.

This June, the Yates County Democrats will  elect their candidate for the 23rd Congressional District who will run against Congressman Tom Reed (R) in November.  

There are three candidates running for that spot.  They are Nate Shinagawa, Melissa K. Dobson, and Leslie Danks Burke.

The Yates County Republicans will choose their candidate for the United State Senate who will run against Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D) in November.  There are also three candidates running.  They are Wendy Long, Bob Turner, and George Maragos.

The polls in Yates County will be open from noon until 9 p.m. on June 26.  

“Be sure you mark your calendars and go vote if you are a member of the Democratic or Republican parties,” says Brechko.

If you are not  registered to vote, you can do so by stopping by the Yates County Board of Elections, or picking up an application at your local post office or Town Hall.  

Download an application at www.yatescounty.org under departments and Board of Elections.

Applications must be returned in person or postmarked by June 1 and received via mail by June 6.