By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
GREENVILLE — Voters are heading to the polls today, Aug. 23, for the special election for Congressional District 19 and for the Democratic primary in the same district.
The special election is being held to fill a vacancy left when former U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, stepped down after he was appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Kathy Hochul in May.
Delgado’s replacement is being elected to complete his term in office, which will expire in December.
Facing off in the special election are Republican Marcus Molinaro and Democrat Pat Ryan. Ryan is also running on the Working Families Party line and Molinaro is on the Conservative Party line.
This year the state redrew congressional district lines. No matter who wins the special election for the 19th District, a different Democrat will be on the ballot in the general election in November vying for a full two-year term.
The primary to select the Democratic candidate in the November election is also being held Aug. 23. On the ballot are Democrats Jamie Cheney and Josh Riley.
There is no Republican primary. Molinaro will be the GOP candidate in November.
Voters in Greenville can cast their ballot until 9 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 4982 Route 81, Greenville.
Cairo voters can vote at Cairo Town Hall, 512 Main St. or the Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo, depending on the district where they live.
Voters in Durham cast ballots at the East Durham Firehouse, 2401 Route 145, East Durham.
New Baltimore voters can vote at the New Baltimore firehouse, 77 Gill Road; the New Baltimore Town Hall, 3809 Route 51, Hannacroix; or the Medway firehouse, 1352 Route 51, Hannacroix, depending on the district where they live.