TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. – Polls are open for the New York State primary today from noon to 9 p.m.

Here’s what you can expect to see on the ballot, along with information about how to vote in Tompkins County.

Statewide Races

Democratic Party voters will choose their candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general today. The winner of each contest will move on to the Nov. 6 general election, where they will face Republican and third-party challengers.

Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo is running against Cynthia Nixon for the gubernatorial nomination. The winner will face Republican Marc Molinaro in November.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul faces a challenge from Jumaane Williams for the seat. The winner will join the gubernatorial nominee on a statewide ticket in the general election, where they will face Molinaro and his running mate Julie Killian in November.

Four candidates are making a bid to be the Democratic nominee for attorney general: Sean Patrick Maloney, Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout and Leecia Eve. The race is considered a toss-up. The winner will face Republican Keith Wofford in November.

There is also a primary election for the Reform Party with candidates Nancy Sliwa, Mike Diederich and Christopher Garvey. According to election officials, New York voters do not need to be registered in a political party to vote in the Reform Party primary.

DEM sample ballot

2018 NY State Democratic Primary sample ballot. For voters in Caroline, Danby, Dryden, Groton and Lansing, there is no primary for senator on the ballot. (Provided by Tompkins County Board of Elections.)

New York’s 58th District State Senate Race

Democratic voters in New York’s 58th District will choose either Amanda Kirchgessner or Michael Lausell as their state senate candidate. This district includes the City and Town of Ithaca and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses. Kirchgessner or Lausell will face Republican Thomas O’Mara in the general election. Democratic voters in the rest of Tompkins County will not see state senate candidates on their ballots today.

Tompkins County Sheriff Race

Tompkins County Democrats will pick incumbent Sheriff Ken Lansing or former Undersheriff Derek Osborne as their nominee for county sheriff. Lansing is running on both a Democratic Party and Independence line, so win or lose today he is eligible to appear on November’s ballot. Whoever moves on will face Josh Brokaw in the general election, who is running independently under the “TruthSayers” name.

Read the Voice’s interviews with the candidates or listen to a forum the Voice co-hosted with WRFI for more information about each.

Voting Information

Since New York uses a closed primary system, only registered Democrats can vote in most of today’s races, with the Reform Party ballot for attorney general as the exception. Eligible voters can head to the polls in Tompkins County from noon to 9 p.m.

Most registered voters do not need to bring ID or any documentation to vote. If it is your first time voting at your current address and you registered by mail, you may be asked to show ID at the polls. A photo ID with your name and picture (including a driver’s license, passport or student ID) or proof of name and address (such as a utility bill, government check, paycheck or bank statement) will be accepted.

Use this map from the Board of Elections to find your polling place. You can check your registration status at the same site.

The registration deadline to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 12. You can register by mail or in-person at the Tompkins County Board of Elections office at 128 E. Buffalo St. in Ithaca.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.