NY Primary Day: the voting process

Mike Ryan, executive director of the NYC Board of Elections, walks Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly through the process of voting on Primary Day.

- Tuesday, April 19 is Primary Day in New York. 

Because New York is a closed primary state, only a registered Republican or Democrat can vote at their assigned polling site.

You do not need to present identification at the polling site provided you have given the Board of Elections in advance either the last four digits of your Social Security number or your non-driver or driver ID from the Dept. of Motor Vehicles.

Once you get your ballot, you fill it out in a privacy booth.

Anyone with manual dexterity issues or visual issues can use a ballot marking device.

Once you mark your ballot successfully, you put it in a scanner which casts your vote. The paper drops down to a secure bin.

"We anticipate in every presidential primary is higher than other primaries, but we don't anticipate that the turnout will be as high as the general election in November," said Mike Ryan, Board of Elections.

Polls open at 6 am and close at 9 pm in New York.

Voters can expect a spike in the number of people at the site in the morning and in the evening when people are returning home from work. There tends to be a lull in the middle of the day.

A few other things to keep in mind: it is illegal to photograph your voted ballot.

You can write in a candidate.

"But we only count the votes for real people," said Ryan.

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