The primary of two 2022 main elections is simply across the nook, scheduled for June 28. Primaries for state and Meeting workplaces will happen in lower than every week, whereas primaries for congressional and state Senate openings have been pushed again to Aug. 23 attributable to New York State redistricting points.
When Can I Vote?
The 2022 Tompkins County Major Election will probably be held on June 28, 2022 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Early voting will happen from June 18 by means of June 26, and hours range by day. The Tompkins County Board of Elections posted a complete listing of early voting occasions.
Who’s Eligible to Vote?
All registered Democratic or Republican voters in Tompkins County are eligible to vote in these elections. Within the state of New York, solely registered get together members can take part of their political get together’s main election.
Who Can I Vote For?
The races on the June poll will embody the race for New York State Governor (Democratic and Republican) and the race for NY State Lieutenant Governor (Democratic). 4th Ward Ithaca residents will even be capable of vote for a Metropolis of Ithaca 4th Ward Alderperson (Democratic) opening. The 4th Ward presently consists of Collegetown, East Hill, and a portion of Cornell’s campus.
What if I Don’t Have Sufficient Time Off From Work to Vote?
Based on New York State Election Legislation, residents with out 4 consecutive hours to vote both earlier than or after their shift are eligible for state voting go away. Workers that qualify can take as much as 2 hours of paid break day at first or finish of their shift to vote, so long as they notify their employer at least 2 working days earlier than or not more than 10 days forward of once they plan to vote.
How Can I Vote?
Voters can nonetheless apply for an in-person absentee poll till Jun. 27 by visiting the Tompkins County Board of Elections workplace or at their polling place on June 28.
The place Can I Vote?
To search out your polling place go to voterlookup.elections.ny.gov and fill out your voter info. Many residents additionally acquired a postcard from the Board of Elections final month with their acceptable polling place listed.
What’s At Stake?
The successful candidates from every get together will transfer on to the Tuesday, November 8, 2022 elections.
Two Cornell college students compete for Widespread Council Forth Ward
Cornell College rising senior and present fourth ward alderperson Patrick Mehler will probably be operating in opposition to fellow Cornellian Tiffany Kumar within the June 28 main election for a one-year Forth Ward time period. The candidate that wins will obtain the Democratic nomination.
Mehler joined the Ithaca Widespread Council final fall as an appointed non permanent alternative for former alderperson Steve Smith after he resigned to maneuver out of city.
Final week, the 2 candidates participated in a discussion board moderated by First Vice Chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee Stacey Dumas. The candidates had three minutes to introduce themselves, and have been then requested a sequence of ten questions starting from their favourite native consolation meals to extra critical matters such because the reimagining public security plan or inexpensive housing in Ithaca.
In her speech, Kumar launched herself because the proud daughter of an immigrant that stands together with her friends in picket traces, marches for abortion rights and rallies for housing justice and homosexual rights.
“When my mom got here to this nation with $400 sewn into the liner of her jacket, nobody might have imagined that her daughter could be right here right this moment, combating for change,” stated Kumar.
Kumar additionally asserted that she’s run extra campaigns, written extra laws and registered extra voters than Mehler, along with reminding voters that although Mehler is technically the incumbent, he wasn’t elected by the general public to the place.
In his speech, Mehler additionally launched his household, explaining that each of his dad and mom are “lifelong union members.” He additionally talked about that he’s lived within the district for round three years, and constructed sturdy relationships with others in the neighborhood by means of his time as Alderperson and due to his dedication to battle decision.
“I used to be very lucky to have the belief of council, to say ‘we wish a university pupil, we wish any person for the primary time in a decade to come back right here and to be part of this,’” stated Mehler.
All through the discussion board, Mehler continued to forefront relationships, belief and dealing with different Ithacans as his core beliefs.
“I’m 21, and also you’re … 20. There are folks on this room who’ve extra experience than us, than we now have been alive for. And trusting metropolis workers shouldn’t be a convoluted manner of getting round an issue. It’s to confess that we’re not consultants in these fields,” he stated.
In his pretty temporary stint on the Widespread Council, Mehler has been in a position to get laws by means of that extends the period of time renters have earlier than landlords can ask them to resume their leases. Mehler is presently a rising senior, and stated he intends to remain in Ithaca after commencement.
“I’ve actually loved the work I’ve gotten to do and I feel I can get some extra carried out,” he stated.
One in every of his priorities going ahead is assembly transportation wants of all types in Collegetown.
“Serving to make Collegetown a safer, extra walkable place is big on my listing,” Mehler stated. “And that begins with the additional cash for Faculty Ave in final 12 months’s finances.”
He stated he has been working with town’s engineering workers to determine easy methods to make the world safer for folks to stroll, bike and drive.
“At the moment my focus is native infrastructure and shifting these tasks alongside,” Mehler stated.
Moreover, Mehler stated he’s additionally seeking to give Collegetown an identification and discovering methods to acknowledge the native companies within the fourth ward.
Mehler stated he believes certainly one of his strongest attributes is his skill to attach with each the scholars and everlasting residents within the fourth ward. He stated connecting with folks is his energy, and that he’s keen to point out up wherever to satisfy with constituents and construct these connections.
For her half, Kumar stated as a queer Asian American girl, she has seen all through her life that authorities establishments at each degree don’t profit marginalized communities. If elected, Kumar plans to make housing justice her first precedence.
“I acknowledge housing justice is racial justice,” she stated. “I’ve witnessed the violence of houselessness firsthand.”
Kumar’s struggle for housing justice would come with the Proper to Renew laws that stalled out within the Planning and Financial Growth Committee, proper to repairs, extra inexpensive housing and inclusionary zoning legal guidelines.
“I’ve realized how a lot our metropolis council doesn’t replicate our views,” she stated.
This story was initially revealed by The Ithaca Instances as part of The Cornell Every day Solar Ithaca Information Fellowship. Info from this story was compiled partially by The Ithaca Instances Employees.