CANTON - Although there are more than 20,000 registered Republicans in St. Lawrence County, recently released poll results suggest turnout for a primary today to pick the GOP candidate for the 21st Congressional District could attract just 10 and 15 percent of the eligible voters at the polls.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. today in New York’s 21st Congressional District for the primary election between Republican congressional candidates Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny.
The two candidates are running against each other for the seat held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Mr. Owens is not seeking re-election.
Mr. Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, has been endorsed by the New York state Independence Party. Ms. Stefanik, a former White House policy adviser from Willsboro, has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party. Ms. Stefanik works as a sales representative for her family’s plywood distribution business.
The winner of the primary will carry the Republican Party’s banner into the general election, where he or she will face Democrat Aaron G. Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello. Both Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny will remain on their respective minor party lines regardless of the outcome of the Republican primary.
Although he said he would love to see 100 percent voter turnout, St. Lawrence County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Thomas A Nichols said the turnout will likely be less than 10 percent.
“I think you’ll see closer to 8 percent,” he said. “For the last several federal primaries the numbers have been between 6 and 9 percent.”
A voter turnout of 8 percent would equal 1,620 votes cast by the county’s 20,253 registered Republicans in what is expected to be a close race.
“Ideally you would love to see everyone come out and vote, because there are many men and women who have put their lives on the line the ensure that we could exercise our rights in this democracy,” he said. “To see that only one in 12 people will likely vote in this primary is very saddening.
According to data provided by the board of elections, the county’s largest Republican population is in Ogdensburg, where 1,755 Republicans reside. Massena is next with 1,733 GOP voters, followed by Potsdam with 1,708 Republican voters.
The smallest Republican populations are in Clare where there are 62 Republican voters and Piercefield where there are 75.
The number of registered GOP voters in other towns in the county include Brasher, 389; Canton, 1,646; Clifton,189; Colton, 453; Dekalb, 451; DePeyster, 185; Edwards, 278; Fowler, 344; and Fine, 583.
Also, Gouverneur, 1,162; Hammond, 400; Hermon, 205; Hopkinton, 291; Lawrence, 283; Lisbon, 1,074; Louisville, 578; Macomb, 226; Madrid, 331; Morristown, 615; Norfolk, 703; Oswegatchie, 1,073; Parishville, 606; Pierrepont, 658; and Pitcairn, 197.
Also, Rossie, 169; Russell, 467; Stockholm, 755; and Waddington, 609.
Deputy Democratic Commissioner Seth Belt said that given this is a “consolidated primary” each town will have only one polling place open. Registered Republican voters should have received a post card in the mail telling them where their polling place would be. Polls in each location will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Among the polling spots:
Brasher, municipal building.
Canton, fire hall.
Colton, community center.
Hopkinton, town hall.
Louisville, municipal building.
Massena, community center.
Norfolk, rescue squad building.
Parishville, town hall.
Pierrepont, town hall.
Potsdam, town offices.
Stockholm, Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department.
Waddington, municipal building.
For a complete list of polling places open in St. Lawrence County, visit the link included below.
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