The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding two Democratic primary debates for voters, via Zoom, hosted by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV, before the New York State primary on Tuesday, June 23. The moderator will be Cathy Peacock of the League.
The first debate, on Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m., for the four Democratic congressional candidates in the 1st District, will include Bridget M. Fleming, Perry Gershon, Nancy S. Goroff and Gregory-John Fischer. This debate can be viewed live at 7 p.m. on YouTube.com/SeaTVSouthampton, and then anytime thereafter on the same YouTube channel, starting the following day, June 2.
The second debate among the candidates vying to be the Democratic Party nominee for New York State Senatorial District 1 will have the five candidates on the ballot: Laura A. Ahearn, Valerie M. Cartright, Nora Higgins, Skyler Johnson and Tommy John Schiavoni. That debate will take place Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m., with the program available live to the public on YouTube.com/SeaTVSouthampton, and then the following day, June 9, and after, also on YouTube.
Information on the primary candidates throughout Long Island and the state is available on the New York State League’s online Voters Guide, by going to www.Vote411.org and following the online instructions.
The League reminds registered Democratic Party voters that the New York State primary takes place on Tuesday, June 23, with in-person early voting available at the polls from June 13 to 21, and voting by absentee ballot available by filling out an absentee ballot application, citing “temporary illness” as the reason for the request.
By executive order, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail, along with a postage-paid return envelope, that needs to be received by the Suffolk County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 700, Yaphank Avenue, New York, 11980, by June 16.
Absentee ballot applications in English and other languages are also available on the New York State Board of Elections website at www.elections.ny.gov.
A video on how to fill out an absentee ballot application is available on the New York State League of Women Voters website at www.lwvny.org
After voters mail in the absentee ballot application and receive the actual absentee ballot back, the postmark deadline is June 22.
For questions, call the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631-852-4500.
Anne K. Marshall
League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork
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