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The turnout may have been low at the polls, but it was a different story on our show. 61% of our viewers said they voted today, adding that they were disappointed at the lack of interest in what they consider a crucial election. I was personally surprised by how many viewers called in to also talk about the total sense of confusion and outrage they felt at the lack of information on the redistricting changes. More of your thoughts posted below.
The polls are open across the five boroughs as New Yorkers vote in primary contests for the House of Representatives, as well as the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. A judge changed the primary month from September to June for the first time since 1974 in a move to accommodate military personnel overseas.
The most watched race is for Congressman Charles Rangel's seat in the 13th District. With new district lines drawn to include more of the Bronx, the 82-year-old incumbent is facing a serious challenge from State Sen. Adriano Espaillat. In addition, tight races are expected in contests to replace retiring Congressmen Gary Ackerman and Ed Towns.
Did you vote today? How was the turnout at your polling location? Do you prefer to have a primary in June or September? Which candidate do you want to see head to Washington D.C. to represent you? After 42 years in office, is Congressman Charles Rangel deserving of another term?
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I believe June is more difficult. I was #4 at my polling place at 6:10 am.
I live in a district where Grace Meng is running. A top priority is education.
I voted today to nominate a Democratic contender for Ed Townes. May the best man win.
Voted at 555PM in richmondtown I was number 3 what a waste
No info came about the primary. I did not know it was taking place!
It was not crowded at my polling center and why does this Rangel still have a job. He should be in jail along with the rest of them.
I find it okay that the primary month was changed from September to June.
ALSO THEY SHOULD STOP ALLOWING THIS BIG MONEY BEING THROWN THE POLITICIANS WAY FOR THEIR CAMPAIGNS AND IT SHOULD BE CUT DOWN TO ONE MONTH AND ONE MONTH ONLY TO CAMPAIGN.
IT'S FAR TO LONG. ALL THEY DO IS GO FROM ONE SHOW TO ANOTHER AND REPEAT THE SAME TOPICS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. PLUS BRAG AND BRAG REPEATEDLY ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO AND THEN DO THE OPPOSITE WHICH IN THE END THEY DO NOTHING FOR US THAT THEY HAD PROMISED THEY WOULD DO.
I wouldn’t vote for anyone running in the primaries. I would vote against them all, some with more desire for defeat than others, but defeat for them all.
I am voting for Rory Lanceman to replace outgoing Congressman Gary Ackerman in the newly formed 6th District. Rory served our country and he continues to serve our community well in the State Assembly, with a focus on anti-terrorism and the State of Israel.
I voted for the candidate that the NY Times, Daily News, and NY Post was demonizing at this moment. I held my nose and voted Charlie Rangel, and appealed to Brooklynites to enthusiastically vote for Barron.
I voted at 9 AM this morning and was the 6th overall voter in my Election District (42) and the 1st Republican voter. As a matter of fact they had to hunt down the Republican ballots for me so that I could vote. I laughed and told the workers that I now understand what it is to be in the minority!
Disgraceful that Bloomberg, Pelosi and the Gov. backed a corrupt congressman. NY deserves better and Clyde Williams was a better choice. The endorsement of Wrangle is dirty politics as usual. Shame on NY politicians!
I am a District 7 resident. I didn't vote in the primary today because I am a registered independent and therefore not allowed to vote in party primaries. I am 29 and I don't feel the connection to Rangel's accomplishments in Harlem and the Heights that my older neighbors may feel. I don't know much about Espaillat either. I can say, though, that I received an email from the Rangel campaign at 5:55 p.m. today that announced a "victory party" tonight at Sylvia's in Harlem. That didn't sit too well with me, as it seemed quite presumptuous. If I had to make a choice at that moment, it would have been to vote for Adriano Espaillat.
I voted today in harlem. I think voter turnout was low at my voting site. I was told I was voter # 99 at 7 pm. We traditionally have low turnout for the primaries but I thought this time would be different with many candidates for this seat.
I think June primaries is fine.
In williamsburg where I voted after work, the turnout was small. What I found more upsetting was the misinformation and incorrect ballot given to me at PS 19.
NY's closed primary system discourages participation. More progressive western states have open primaries. NY should embrace democracy.
I live in Beechhurst , the northern section of Whitestone, Queens. When I got to the polling site, I was informed that there is no Democratic primary in my district, that my neighborhood isn't included in the new redistricting of Gary Ackerman's district for which Ms. Meng and Mr. Lancman were vying, and that Steve Israel will be the (uncontested) Democratic nominee for my area. When did that happen? By whose selection did Mr. Israel get the uncontested Democratic appointment for the Congressional seat? Why wasn't there any publicity or education concerning the nomination in Beechhurst? All anyone heard about was the Meng/Lancman race for Ackerman's district; well, that information was sorely lacking in detail. I am very disappointed that I was not given a choice in this race.
PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF ARE FED UP WITH POLITICIANS AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT PARTY THEY REPRESENT. ONCE IN OFFICE THEY FORGET THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED THEM.
Was out all day in the district. Crowley people everywhere, especially unions. Saw little Meng activity, no Lancman.
Tell Jenna not to be upset. If she lives in Bay Terrace, she is in Steve Israel's district, who did not have an opponent on the Democratic ticket.
I voted today for Dr. Mittman because he is not an established politician. We need more citizen candidates like him.
The turn out was garbage today across NYC. People Just don't care the sad fact is people will call your show and complain about government but they don't take part in the process. People need to wake up and vote.
John S. said confused. Clear to me - same thing happened to me. Congressional district lines were changed. Probably as a result of the census. So I am a democrat was in Charlie rangel's district. He faced a primary challenge. I went to vote. Told I am now in Jerry Nadler's district. He didn't face a primary challenge. So I couldn't vote.
Same thing with woman in Bayside. She is now in Peter King's district. She is a democrat. Assume his democratic opponent in the general election had no priomary challenge. So she couldn't vote either.
Should have been more information to public about changes in district lines.
I voted because I always vote and wouldn't miss an opportunity to engage with society. It's our duty as Americans to vote and I am saddened by low turnout. I voted at 8 AM and was the 17th person there. I think a September primary would be more effective; hardly anyone even knew their was a primary today. In case you are wondering, I voted for Clyde Williams, but am not too hopeful that he will win.
I voted for Nydia Velazquez. I did not know there was a Primary Election today.
Ran into a woman in the street who asked me if I was a registered voter. I said yes and She in turn told me to vote today in the Primary. I then headed over to my school And voted. There was low turnout in my district 2.
Upper Management of the Board of Election should ALL be FIRED tomorrow morning! The lack of adequate dissemination of the "new" Primary date smells of corruption because all across the city incumbents that represent the Political Establishment/ Machine are ALL fighting for their political LIVES!!! It is disgraceful!
It's time Congressman Rangel turned in the towel. And left gracefully.
The man had several apartments in upper Manhattan. Two of them were for low income people. He was CAUGHT IN AN ETHICS SCANDAL. He took up law. He shifted the blame on his wife.
Who knows what else he was doing before getting caught.
I no longer trust him, nor did I vote for him.
I am very disturbed about today's low voter turnout. I personally reached out to over 100 people and reminded them to vote. I'm also the president of the Mt Morris Park Community Improvement Assn and we sent out a reminder to over 900 people on our eBlast list. As of 8 pm only 215 had voted! I'm so disappointed, I want Clyde Williams to bring about a positive for District 13 and I don't know what to expect.
People rather vote with their dollars at McDonalds than hit the polls...
We had no information that this was a voting day. Further my husband and I was no. 39 and 40. Sadly it was a poor turn out.
But I does smell like something corrupt maybe taking place, for voters not to be able to vote or turned away to go to another site.
I voted in the 9th Congressional District at about 7:30pm today. At that time I was the 20th voter in the 4th Election District.
You had to be dead not to know about the primary today. I heard about it at least 20 times.
No excuse for not voting.
I was #18 ... at 6:30PM. Yes, PM!!!! I think that was the total voters of both parties who showed up for my electoral district. Only race for Dem's where I live, was (incumbent) Rep. Yvette Clarke against someone I never heard of.
Faye from Brooklyn