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Candidates Forum and Voter Information for June Primary from LWVS

votebuttonDear Editor: On June 23, voters registered to a political party will have the opportunity to vote in primary elections for the office of President of the United States, members of Congress, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

The League of Women Voters Scarsdale and our neighboring Leagues are following our mission of informing and educating voters. We have hosted Candidate Forums for some of the primary elections — these forums can be viewed via the links included in this letter.

The majority of Scarsdale is represented by Congressional District 16. In this District, the candidates running for the Democratic nomination are: Jamaal Bowman, Eliot W. Engel, Chris Fink, and Sammy Ravelo. The Westchester League held a Candidate Forum for the Democratic Primary of CD 16 on June 7. Click here to watch the video:

There is no Republican primary for Congressional District 16.

A few residences in Scarsdale are represented by Congressional District 17. In that district, there will be a Republican and a Democratic primary. To vote in those primaries, voters need to be registered to the political party in which they are voting. The League of Women Voters Westchester conducted a virtual Candidate Forum for the Democratic primary in Congressional District 17 on May 21, 2020. The Forum can be viewed here.

The League of Women Voters Westchester had planned to conduct a virtual Candidate Forum for the Republican primary in Congressional District 17, but that Forum could not be scheduled because the candidates did not accept the League’s invitation to participate.

In addition to the Congressional primary races, there will be a Democratic primary for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. The League of Women Voters Westchester hosted a virtual Candidate Forum on May 28, 2020 and it can be viewed here:

Vote 411.org is a helpful ballot information resource for voters. In addition, voters can find details about their voter registration and whether they are registered to a political party here.

Due to COVID-19, voters eligible to vote in the June Primary were sent an absentee ballot application from the Westchester County Board of Elections. Completed absentee ballot application must be postmarked by June 16th.

On June 7, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order extending the absentee ballot submission deadline for the June Primary. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 23, the date of the election, to be counted.

If you have any questions regarding the absentee ballot application, please contact the County Board of Elections at 914-995-5285 or boe-westabsentee@westchestergov.com. In-person voting will also be available for primary voters, detailed information will be forthcoming from the Board of Elections. Additional information can be found on the Board of Elections website here.

An additional helpful resource is a text alert system created by The League of Women Voters of New York to keep voters up to date on election changes. Text VoteNY to 474747.

If you have any questions regarding voting, please contact the League of Women Voters, voter service.

Alissa Baum
Ronny Hersch
Beatrice Sevcik
Voter Service Co-Chairs
League of Women Voters of Scarsdale

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