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Essex County merges primary poll sites in North Elba, Keene, Jay

Essex County is consolidating polling sites in three of its towns — North Elba, Keene and Jay — for the Democratic presidential primary on June 23.

Democratic Election Commissioner Sue Montgomery Corey said this is because the coronavirus pandemic left the county Board of Elections with “many fewer poll workers available.”

She said there will only be one polling site each for these three towns:

The poll site for all North Elba election districts will be at the North Elba Town House, 193 River St., Saranac Lake. There will be no polling site in Lake Placid.

The poll site for all Keene election districts will be at the Keene Valley Fire Hall, 15 Market St., Keene Valley. There will be no polling site in the hamlet of Keene.

The poll site for all Jay election districts will be at the town office at 11 School Lane, AuSable Forks. There will be no polling site in the hamlet of Jay.

All polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 23.

There will also be nine consecutive days of early voting, from June 13 to 21. Essex County’s only early voting site is the Public Safety Building at 702 Stowersville Road, Lewis. Early voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Joe Biden is the only Democratic presidential candidate who has not dropped out, but New York Democrats will get to choose anyway from 11 candidates. There are also still multiple candidates running to be delegates at the part convention. The state Republican Party decided long ago to cancel its presidential primary and give the nomination to incumbent Donald Trump.

To vote, you must be registered in the Democratic Party. The last day to register for the first time is Friday. The date for an already registered voter to change party affiliation to vote in this primary election has passed.

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