Today is primary day across New York; last day to mail absentee ballot
Tuesday was primary day in New York, and voting took several forms this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that every eligible voter in the state gets an application for an absentee ballot.
A limited number of polling places were open on Long Island due to the pandemic. Those who didn't get an absentee ballot was because there were no primaries in their district in their party, since the primaries are to pick a candidate of your party for the November election.
Races included the Democratic presidential contest, as well several seats in Congress and the state Senate and Assembly. There were four Democrats running against Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in November.
Five Democrats are also seeking the nomination in the state Senate district that covers eastern Suffolk following the retirement of longtime Sen. Ken LaValle.
Suffolk Board of Elections official James Anthony says there could be roughly seven times the number of mail-in ballots this year in comparison to last year.
Hauppauge Middle School was open for voting. Those who went to vote say they forgot to mail their absentee ballots in time, and others tell News 12 they felt safe enough to vote in person.
There was also early voting in New York this year. That ended Sunday.
Many others are voting by absentee ballot. Those ballots need to be postmarked by today.
Votes made in person will be calculated tonight, but the tens of thousands of absentee ballots mailed out won't be counted for another week, meaning it could be a week or two before some results are known.