Early voting for local elections kicked off this Juneteenth weekend with quite a few competitive state assembly races and one major congressional showdown on the ballot this year.

With three days completed, 16,105 is the unofficial tally of New Yorkers who cast their ballots so far, according to the Board of Elections (BOE) via Twitter. The boroughs with the most votes cast so far is Queens (4,887), followed by Manhattan (4,440) and Brooklyn (4,381).

Congressional races to watch that have prominent Black and Brown candidates include incumbent Congressmember Jamaal Bowman versus Westchester County Executive George Latimer in District 16 and incumbent Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) versus candidate Marty Dolan in District 14.

State assembly races to watch include incumbent Assemblymember Stefani Zinerman versus candidate Eon Tyrell Huntley in District 56; incumbent Assemblymember Eddie Gibbs versus candidates Tamika Mapp, Xavier Santiago, and William Smith in District 68; candidates Shana Harmongoff, Craig Schley, Maria Ordoñez, and Jordan J. G. Wright in District 70; incumbent Assemblymember Al Taylor versus candidate Julien Segura in District 71; and newly elected via special election Assemblymember Landon Dais versus challenger Leonardo Jose Coello in District 77.

This stretch before the primary on June 25 is prime time for last-minute endorsements and candidate efforts to reach voters.

Bowman has been campaigning heavily in Co-op City and New Rochelle in the Bronx in the weeks leading up to the primary, with a focus on telling voters about the support his opponent, Latimer, is getting from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and MAGA mega donor money.

“The voices of the people are what decide this election—not the wallets of MAGA Republicans and corporate interest PACs,” said Bowman in a statement. “New Yorkers know that this June, only we the people decide.”

Zinerman and Huntley are due for a forum faceoff hosted by Strategy for Black Lives on June 21, to be held at the Magnolia Tree Center in Brooklyn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Zinerman is endorsed by Citizens Union, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and the Brooklyn Democratic Party, among others.

In Harlem’s 70th Assembly District race, Harmongoff was endorsed by former assembly candidate Joshua Clennon and District Leader Corey Ortega last week, while Wright scored endorsements from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Citizens Union, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and City Comptroller Brad Lander this past week. Both candidates were seen hitting the early voting poll sites, showing off their digital ads, and taking selfies with voters all weekend.

Early voting started on Saturday, June 15, and runs through Sunday, June 23. Polls will be open for in-person voting next week on Election Day: Tuesday, June 25.

Voters may also cast a vote by absentee ballot, as long as it is postmarked no later than June 25, and also can drop off completed absentee ballots at any early voting or Election Day poll site.

An assigned early voting location is different from a regular Election Day poll site. To find early voting and Election Day polling places, go to findmypollsite.vote.nyc/.

Ariama C. Long is a Report for America corps member who writes about politics for the Aficionperu. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep her writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by visiting https://bit.ly/amnews1.

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