Fun Fact: It's Primary Day In New York

A polling place on the Upper West Side  back in 2014
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A polling place on the Upper West Side back in 2014 Jen Chung / Gothamist

Did you realize that it's Primary Day in New York? It's true—and today's primary is not to be confused with the other state Primary Day that occurs in New York in September. (Check out WNYC's thorough voter guide.) This double primary sandwich is unique to New York, and the result of a 2012 ruling mandating federal primaries to be held in June, leaving state and city primaries to continue to be held in September, after Republicans in Albany refused to reschedule them to the same date in June. So no voting for Andrew Cuomo or Cynthia Nixon today:

Who can you vote for today? Well, if you're a Republican in Staten Island, Bay Ridge or Sheepshead Bay, you can vote in the showdown between incumbent Congressman Dan Donovan and former Congressman-turned-felon Michael Grimm, which is being called a test of President Trump's strength (Trump has endorsed Donovan).

Over on the Democratic side, there are a few races:
- In New York's 12th Congressional district, which includes parts of Manhattan's east side, parts of Queens and north Brooklyn, incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney is running against hotel executive Suraj Patel, whose youthful campaign has included catfishing people on Tinder for votes. (Hey, whatever works?)
- In northern Queensa and parts of the Bronx (NY District 14), Rep. Joseph Crowley is trying to hold onto his seat against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who once organized for Senator Bernie Sanders. Hear them make their pitches to Brian Lehrer.
- In central Brooklyn (District 9), Rep. Yvette Clarke is facing off against a young community organizer named Adem Bunkeddeko. Bunkeddeko, the son of immigrants, got a NY Times endorsement.
- In the Bronx and Westchester (District 16), Rep. Elliot Engel is being challenged by Scarsdale businessman Jonathan Lewis, who spent $1.3 million of his own money on the race.

Polls are open until 9 p.m. in NYC, so voting after work is an option for many. And NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office says, "The Attorney General urges voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call the office’s hotline at 800-771-7755 or email at any time between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Tuesday."

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