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    What to know about the 2024 primary election in Ontario County

    By Mike Murphy, Canandaigua Daily Messenger,


    CANANDAIGUA — One primary race involves approximately 23,000 of the 28,000 enrolled Republican voters in Ontario County.

    The other primary involves much fewer voters, about 500 enrolled Republicans in the town of South Bristol.

    Here’s what you should know in the days of primary day in Ontario County.

    When is the Republican primary election in Ontario County?

    The federal and local party primary election for those Republican voters in the county will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at their normal polling locations (no poll sites will be open in the town of Victor).

    Voters can verify their registration, current party enrollments and poll site information by visiting the Board of Elections website or calling the Board of Elections at 585-396-4005.

    The winning Republican Party candidates will appear on the general election ballot this November.

    Who are the Republican candidates in the congressional primary?

    Incumbent Rep. Claudia Tenney is squaring off against challenger Mario Fratto to represent the 24th Congressional District.

    This is a rematch from a primary in 2022, which Tenney won and subsequently won the general election that year.

    According to the Ontario County Board of Elections, the town of Victor (election districts 1 through 12) and the northern portion of the town of East Bloomfield (election districts 2 and 3) will be included in a redrawn Congressional District 25 beginning Jan. 1, 2025. That means GOP voters who live in the two areas will not have a primary vote.

    All other cities and towns in Ontario County remain as part of the sprawling District 24, which stretches as far west as Niagara County to as far northeast as Jefferson County and includes Wayne County.

    The winner will face Democrat David Wagenhauser.

    Who is running in the South Bristol primary?

    Republican voters in the town of South Bristol will be asked to choose between Tracey Howe and Michael Staub as their candidate for town justice on the November ballot.

    Here's how to vote by mail in the primary election

    Eligible voters may cast their ballot by mail using either an early mail or absentee ballot.

    Application forms are available at the Board of Elections website or Applications must be received at the board no later than June 15 if sent by mail or online. Voters may also apply in person at the Board of Elections during normal business hours through June 24.

    Voters with a print disability or impairment that interferes with effective reading, writing or use of printed material may apply for a ballot with accessible features using the accessible ballot application portal at

    Voters can return their ballots by using prepaid return postage mail and ensuring the ballot is mailed so it receives a postmark no later than June 25; by bringing it to the Board of Elections office no later than 9 p.m. June 25; by bringing it to an early voting poll site between June 15 and June 23; or by bringing it to any open poll site by 9 p.m. June 25.

    Again, mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before June 25.

    Early voting in the primary election

    Primary voters can take part in early voting at three polling places from June 15 to June 23.

    One option is the Ontario County Board of Elections office at 74 Ontario St., Canandaigua. Voters also can vote early at Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St., Victor, and the Geneva Housing Authority office, 41 Lewis St., Geneva.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Sunday, June 16, and Monday, June 17; noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23.

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