Voting Options In Democratic Primary

Candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 1st District State Senate seat took part in a Zoom debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Registered Democrats have the opportunity this week and next to cast their ballots in a four-way race for the 1st District Congressional nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin. They can also weigh in on a five-way race for 1st District State Senate and the opportunity to challenge Republican nominee Anthony Palumbo, who currently holds the 2nd District State Assembly seat.

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, East Hampton businessman Perry Gershon, Stony Brook University chemistry professor Nancy Goroff, and Riverhead business consultant Greg Fischer are seeking the Democratic congressional nomination.
Laura Ahearn, the executive director of the Crime Victims Center, Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, Nora Higgins, the regional coordinator for the Public Employees Federation union, Skyler Johnson, a Suffolk Community College student, and Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni are all seeking the opportunity to win the State Senate seat long held by Kenneth P. LaValle, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Early in-person voting will take place through Sunday, June 21, in community room #2 at Windmill Village at 219 Accabonac Road in East Hampton or at the Stony Brook Southampton gymnasium, at 70 Tuckahoe Road in Southampton.

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. Polls will also be open during the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Election Day, Tuesday, June 23, regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Masks and a 6-foot distance from others are required for any in-person voting.
This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, absentee ballot applications were sent to all Democrats. Those who choose to vote absentee must have their ballots postmarked by Election Day.

The League of Women Voters sponsored a pair of debates between the congressional candidates on June 1 and the State Senate candidates on June 8. Recordings of the debates, which were held on Zoom, can be seen on Sea TV Southampton’s YouTube channel.

For more information about voting options and poll locations, contact the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631-852-4500 or visit