Today, April 24, is the date for New York’s presidential primary election—but only Brooklyn Heights Republicans need apply. Because Democrat Barack Obama has no primary competition, there’s only a Republican race on the ballot. Registered Republicans have a choice between Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and the recently dropped-out Rick Santorum. Polls are open, as usual, until 9 p.m.
Fortunately, Democrats will have plenty of chances to vote this year. A Court-ordered primary election for House and Senate seats will be held June 26 (Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez is being challenged by City Councilman Erik Dilan on the Democratic ballot, and three Republicans, including Congressman Bob Turner, who won election to the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner, are competing for the right to challenge incumbent Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand).
There may be a separate primary for State Senate and Assembly seats on September 11, although there are as yet no announced primary challengers to incumbent Sen. Daniel Squadron or Assemblywoman Joan Millman (Sen. Squadron is expected to run for re-election despite his announced plan to seek the Public Advocate office next year). The general election will be held on November 6.