TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—It is the blessed end of another primary season in New York State, as Democrats across the county who didn’t take advantage of the early voting (or absentee) option will turn up to polling places to choose their candidates for New York State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Voters from both parties can vote for the special New York 23rd Congressional District special election as well, since that is not a primary.

As always, extensive information is available at the Tompkins County Board of Elections website, including where to vote in accordance to what your home address is. Polling locations are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and absentee ballots may be dropped off during that time period as well.

The special election race is to fill former Rep. Tom Reed’s abandoned seat, though the winner will only serve in that district, which currently includes Tompkins County, until January 2023. That is when the new districts will kick in, and bring Tompkins County into the 19th Congressional District. Democrat Max Della Pia is vying for the 23rd seat against Republican Joe Sempolinski. (Correction: This article initially named him Tom Sempolinski.)

As for actual primaries, there are two hotly contested Democratic races up for grabs. First, Josh Riley and Jamie Cheney are squaring off for the nomination for the aforementioned 19th Congressional District, with Republican Marc Molinaro awaiting them in the general election.

Second, Lea Webb and Leslie Danks Burke face each other in a primary that has divided local politicians across intriguing lines as they align behind their chosen candidate. The winner of that race will face Republican Rich David for the chance to represent the district in the New York State Senate after a rearranging that seems to have moved Tompkins County into a relatively bluer district than before, when it was represented for several terms by Republican Tom O’Mara.

For more coverage of candidates, check out our 2022 Election landing page here.

Check back here for any information on Election Day updates or mishaps, and heck, maybe there will even be another op-ed from a certain county democratic committee. There’s always a few surprises on Election Day.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at