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It's Primary Day In New York

John Minchillo
A voter casts their ballot at a polling station inside the Brooklyn Museum during early voting last week.

The deadline for voting in New York’s primary election is today. Nearly two million voters requested absentee ballots this year after the state sent applications to all eligible voters.

There’s a four-way Democratic primary to unseat Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin in the 1st Congressional District. Two Republicans and two Democrats are competing for the seat left open by Peter King, who is retiring after 14 terms in office. A progressive candidate challenges Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi in the 3rd Congressional District. And there’s another Republican retirement in the state Senate, Ken LaValle’s district on the North Folk. 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is still on the ballot even though he suspended his campaign for president. Supporters are trying to gather as many delegates as possible to influence the Democratic Party.

Polling places are greatly reduced this year because fewer poll workers are willing to risk infection. Suffolk and Nassau County Boards of Elections say they have been flooded with absentee ballots – so much so they say results will not be available until later this week.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.
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