Today is the last day for early voting in presidential primary

A "vote here" sign is seen at the Mirror Lake Beach House on Parkside Drive, Lake Placid, which is one of two early voting polling sites in Essex County. (Enterprise photo — Andy Flynn)

SARANAC LAKE — Today is the last day for early voting in the presidential primary in New York, which takes place on Tuesday in a total of four states.

In Franklin County, early voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Board of Elections offices at 355 West Main St., Suite 161, in Malone. The Franklin County Board of Elections can be contacted at 518-481-1455.

In Essex County, early voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mirror Lake Beach House at 31 Parkside Dr. in Lake Placid and at the Essex County Public Safety Building at 702 Stowersville Road in Lewis. The Essex County Board of Elections can be contacted at 518-873-3474.

In St. Lawrence County, early voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 42 Maple St., Potsdam (Clarkson Building, Former Honda Dealership) and 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg (Dobisky Center). The St. Lawrence County Board of Elections can be contacted at 315-379-2202.

Since there will be no early voting on Easter Sunday, election commissioners added an hour to each day of early voting, which began on March 23. Voters casting a ballot during early voting will not be eligible to vote during Tuesday’s primary. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Below are the local polling sites:

– Town of Brighton: Brighton Town Hall, 12 county Route 31, Paul Smiths

– Town of Franklin: Franklin Town Hall, 7 Cold Brook Road, Vermontville

– Town of Harrietstown: Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake

– Town of Jay: Jay town office, 11 School Lane, AuSable Forks

– Town of Keene: Keene Valley fire hall, Market Street, Keene Valley

– Town of North Elba: Shipman Youth Center, Cummings Road, Lake Placid (all districts but District 2); North Elba Town House, River Street, Saranac Lake (District 2 only)

– Town of Piercefield: Piercefield Town Hall, 48 Waller St., Piercefield

– Town of St. Armand: St. Armand Town Hall, state Route 3, Bloomingdale

– Town of Santa Clara: Santa Clara Town Hall, 5359 state Route 30, Saranac Inn

– Town of Tupper Lake: Holy Ghost Parish Center, 40 Marion St., Tupper Lake

– Town of Wilmington: Wilmington Community Center, 7 Community Circle, Wilmington

The general election is on Nov. 5. The state Board of Elections can be contacted at 518-474-1953.

Three other states

Voters in the pivotal swing state of Wisconsin and three Northeastern states — including New York — will have a chance to indicate their support or opposition to their parties’ presumptive nominees in presidential primaries Tuesday.

Wisconsin voters will also decide the fate of two Republican-backed statewide ballot measures that will shape how elections in the state are run and funded.

Farther south, Arkansas and Mississippi voters will return to the polls to decide a handful of legislative seats that were forced to runoffs in primaries held in March.

Although multiple names remain on the presidential ballots in New York, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Rhode Island, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump face no major challengers and already have secured more delegates than they need to win their parties’ nominations at the conventions this summer. Voters in Connecticut and Rhode Island will have the additional option of voting “uncommitted” if they want to register a protest vote against Biden, a Democrat, or Trump, a Republican. Wisconsin voters have a similar option, although it’s called “Uninstructed Delegation” on their ballot.

Delaware was also scheduled to hold a Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, but the contest was canceled on March 19 after former candidate Nikki Haley had her name removed from the ballot, leaving Trump the only remaining candidate. A Democratic primary there would also have been held Tuesday, but Biden was the only candidate to file for the ballot, so the event was never scheduled. In both cases, the parties awarded all the state’s delegates to Biden and Trump, as they were the only candidates remaining in their contests.

Decision notes

In the presidential race, Biden and Trump are the favorites in their primaries as neither candidate faces a strong challenge. In all four contests, the first indications that they are winning statewide on a level consistent with the overwhelming margins seen in most other contests held this year may be sufficient to determine the statewide winners.

For the Wisconsin constitutional amendments, the fault lines hew closely to traditional partisan lines, with Republican state lawmakers backing the two measures and Democrats in opposition. Thus, the state’s vote history and political demographics will inform the race-calling process.

Here are the April 2 contests at a glance:

Delegates at stake Tuesday

Democrats: 436

Republicans: 179

States with presidential primaries

Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin

New York ballot

Presidential primary (D): Biden, Dean Phillips, Marianne Williamson. 268 delegates at stake

Presidential primary (R): Trump, Chris Christie, Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy. 91 delegates at stake

Who can vote: New York has a closed primary system, which means only Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary and only Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.


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