There has been a lot of buzz about the upcoming political year even before Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State address and subsequently signed some new laws into effect.

For the sake of our local incumbents and possible new candidates, we want to take the time to clarify some of the election laws signed and when they will go into effect.

Primary Day will be June 25 this year instead of the traditional September primary. This, of course, pushes the petition circulating and filing timeframe back. The first date to get signatures on designating petitions is Feb. 26. Filing dates are April 1 through April 4. The first date to get signatures on independent petitions is April 16 with filing dates May 21 through May 28.

General Election Day will be Nov. 5. Early voting was also signed into law which will go into effect for this year’s General Election. Exact details of early voting will be announced at a later date.

Another election law that has been signed but will not take effect until 2020 and will make it easier for voters to get to the polls to vote is the opening of all poll sites on Primary Day at 6 a.m. In the past, only a handful of larger counties have been open for Primary Day voting at 6 a.m. In 2020 all poll sites state-wide will open at 6 a.m. no matter if it is a Primary or General Election.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Board of Elections at 518-548-4684 if you have any questions or concerns we can help answer.

Cathleen E. Rogers and Marie C. Buanno, Hamilton County Election Commissioners, Lake Pleasant

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