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Primary voting

A man, with only his legs showing, casts his vote during the primary election of Sept. 10, 2016, at the Queensbury Activity Center on Bay Road. For Thursday's primary election, polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. 

Thursday is primary election day, but only for some voters in the region. There are just three local races and four statewide campaigns.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

For Democrats in White Creek and Cambridge, as well as Rensselaer and Columbia counties, there is a primary for the 107th Assembly District seat. It is currently held by Republican Jake Ashby of Castleton. Running for the Democratic line are Tistrya Houghtling of New Lebanon and Don Boyajian of Cambridge.

Green Party members can also write in a candidate for the 107th race.

Republicans in Saratoga County will get a choice for county district attorney. They will choose between incumbent Karen Heggen of Malta and police-officer-turned-lawyer Gerald Amedio of Saratoga Springs.

There is also one race in Hamilton County. Republicans and Conservatives will choose their candidate for the 118th Assembly District, in which no incumbent is running. Robert Smullen of Gloversville and Patrick Vincent of Cold Brook are competing for both party lines, so it is possible for one to win the Republican line while the other wins the Conservative line.

The statewide campaigns are open only to Democrats and, in one case, members of the Reform Party and unaffiliated voters.

For governor, Democrats can choose between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon. Likewise, for lieutenant governor, the Democrats can choose incumbent Kathy Hochul or challenger Jumaan Williams.

For attorney general, Democrats have a four-way race, consisting of U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Letitia James, Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout.

The Reform Party also has a primary for the attorney general position, with Nancy Sliwa, Mike Diederich and Christopher Garvey competing. Unaffiliated voters can vote in the Reform primary.

There is no statewide Republican primary. The GOP has already settled on its governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general candidates for the fall election.

Those who have problems voting should contact the attorney general’s Election Day Hotline. It will be staffed by attorneys and others in the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Voters can call 800-771-7755 or email

To find your polling place, go to

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