For the first time in decades, the New York State presidential primaries, held Tuesday, April 19, are of enormous importance in the nominating contests for both parties.
On the Democratic ticket, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is hoping that a “yuuge” come-from-behind victory will upend the narrative that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is the party’s inevitable candidate. Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is expecting a landslide victory in his home state. However, his GOP opponents Ted Cruz and John Kasich are hoping to scoop up some of New York’s delegates in order to push the party to a contested convention this summer.
It all adds up to the fact that New Yorkers’ votes are tremendously consequential in this year’s presidential race.
New York’s polls are open from 6am to 9pm. You will need to have registered as either a Democrat or Republican to vote in your party’s primary. To find your polling station and look at a sample ballot, please visit this website, put together by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.