Today is Republican Party Primary Day in New York. Polls open at different times across the State. In some downstate areas, New York City, and Long Island; voting for enrolled Republican Party Members is 6 a.m.-9 p.m. In most other counties, voting runs from noon until 9 p.m. Be sure to check with your local Board of Elections, or visit the state's official website.
While voter turn out is prediected to be light, almost anemic, voting today does matter. Why? Try to look past the ideal notions of civic duty and Party loyalty. A new voting process is in place. Federal HAVA law changes are now making new voting machines and the optical scan system virtually common place across the Empire State. Trying to get to know this process, without having throngs of people waving candidate signs in your face, could be educational and maybe even enjoyable. And, while the forgone conclusion of Mitt Romney winning the delegate count is almost non-news, those supporting other candidates do have a chance to make their voices heard.
It has gone so far today that some area Republican Party leaders have stated to Capital Region media outlets -- that in a sense -- voting today just doesn't matter. And, that the Party faithful just might want to sit this one out, or just vote for the fun of it. Well, if that is the case today, let's see what tomorrow brings. Possibly, when these same Party leaders come looking more seriously for votes, assistance, in-kind donations, money, or campaign volunteers closer to November, the answer from the same Party faithful could be "it just doen't matter." Maybe then, when the polls close at 9 p.m. on November 6, it just might have mattered.