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Voting in the New York primaries

Voting in the New York primaries

Voting in the New York primaries

Tuesday is primary day across New York state, a chance for voters to make their voices heard at the polls.

In the Capital Region, most voters acknowledged Tuesday that their vote in the primary only prepares what will happen in November. But they said their vote carries as much weight as Election Day, which this year falls on Nov. 5.

“I just want to get my one vote,” said Albany County voter William Curtis Wilkins.

On this primary day, Congressional, state Assembly and Senate seats, as well as races for district attorneys and others fill ballots across the state.

“There are a lot of great people running and I’m impressed with the ticket,” Wilkins said.

Charles Lossi is also an Albany County voter.

“I’m very glad that we have a primary because this way we can choose who we really want,” Lossi said.

Capital Region poll workers described turnout as stable.

“I registered probably a week before the deadline,” said Dominic, a first-time voter. “I did it myself online. It was an easy process and I’m very happy I did it.”

He had several issues in mind when casting his vote.

“Safety, that neighborhoods are safer and that people have more opportunities is more important. I think that’s the most important thing,” she said.

And although there were no presidential candidates on the ballot, the race for the White House was at the top of minds.

“The presidency comes first for me,” Lossi said. “I’m not going to tell you who I’m going to vote for, but there is one in particular who I’m not going to vote for.”

Voting is a civic duty that he and others do not take lightly.

“We have to keep the United States strong, that is the only way. We have a vote, everyone has a vote,” Lossi said.