Primary Day Open Thread

It’s a big day at the ballot box, with competitive races for State Senate and Assembly seats happening across the boroughs.

As Streetsblog readers know, state lawmakers wield tremendous influence over transit, traffic, and street safety. Several candidates have pledged to support toll reform and automated traffic enforcement — to name just two issues that will have a lasting impact on how safely and efficiently New Yorkers get around.

Since Democrats dominate most districts, many of today’s primary winners will have no opposition in November, and will go on to represent NYC in Albany.

Polls are open until 9 p.m. Check this WNYC page to see who’s on your ballot, and tell us about your voting experience in the comments.

  • com63

    Does anyone know how to see a ballot before you arrive at the voting booth? On my ballot today I had to pick six of eleven people for a judicial committee. I have zero clue how I can find out in advance who these people are and who I should vote for.

    I found one online ballot maker based on address, but it was not accurate for these lesser races.

  • AMH

    Went to my polling place to find out that there’s no primary for my district, which the WNYC site confirms. I thought I was in Senate District 31, but apparently not, and the NYS Board of Elections site doesn’t work. All of these primaries are getting confusing.

  • com63

    Did you polling place still have a dozen plus volunteers sitting around doing nothing?

  • AMH

    It serves multiple districts.

  • mfs

    It’s less than intuitive, but after you find your pollsite on this there will be a link to the sample ballot:
    https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search

  • redbike

    > how to see a ballot before you arrive at the voting booth?

    http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/candidates/list.shtml

    will offer you links to both .pdf and .doc files. These files list candidates by county, party, and contested office. It’s somewhat obscure, but it works. Answering your question as asked: no, actual sample ballots as such don’t appear to be available.

    As to whom to vote for in some of the admittedly obscure (there’s that word again) contests, available information ranges from “not much” to “none”.

  • David Meyer

    Such a thrilling day for American democracy!

  • Brad Aaron

    “Through our hard work and success, no valid challenger has come forward to compete for my seat.”

    — Supreme President Trump, 2024

  • SSkate

    http://whosontheballot.org was accurate for my location, but I’ve seen complaints elsewhere that that’s not always the case

  • Larry Littlefield

    Only ourselves to blame.

    As I noted in my one post on this miserable election:

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/hey-woodstock-generation-these-are-your-presidential-candidates/

    This campaign has exposed a flaw in democracy. In a monarchy, when a king abdicates, you get a new king. What happens in a democracy when the people abdicate? Because that is what has happened.

    The election is not just about voting for President. Who is your representative in Congress? Who are your representatives in the state legislature? Did you vote for them or someone else, and why? Most people don’t know.

    Beyond voting, what if no one decent runs, because the game is rigged to keep anyone from outside off the ballot, and no outsider other than a celebrity such as Donald Trump gets any attention from the media?

    Is THIS the best we can do? It gets worse the lower you go.

  • Stephen Roberts for NYS Senate

    Roberts for NYS Senate – District 27 – on the ballot for November 8 general election. I am the first independent to make it on the ballot for NYS Senate in over a generation. Strongly supportive reforms to make improve safety for New Yorkers. Look for Roberts on the ballot November 8.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Good luck. Win or lose, the incumbent will do a better job knowing elections are possible.

  • Stephen Roberts for NYS Senate

    Thanks. And get involved. That is the way for change.

  • Joe R.

    He’ll probably be calling himself Emperor Trump by then while uttering these lines:

    “It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy. I love the Republic. Once this crisis has abated, I will lay down the powers you have given me!”

  • bolwerk

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