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Here’s What You Need to Know About the June 28 New York Primary

(DNAINFO)  Nicole Levy | June 2, 2016 — Seven congressional districts in New York will be voting for representatives in U.S. Congress.

If you chose to sit New York’s presidential primary out last month, or you discovered your record had been mistakenly purged from the voter rolls, you have until Friday, June 3 to register to cast a ballot in the state’s federal primary on June 28.

Registered Democrats in seven of New York City congressional districts will be voting to select a candidate to represent their party in the Nov. 8 general election for seats — one per district — in the U.S. House of Representatives. There are no Republican primaries taking place within city limits on June 28.

Congressional races draw a significantly smaller percentage of eligible voters to the polls (and New York already ranks among the 10 states with the worst voter turnout), but the consequences of ignoring them can have a ripple effect. In 2010, the Republican Party took back the House, hamstringing President Obama’s agenda, and won a majority of state legislatures. Those legislatures then gerrymandered congressional districts in such a way that will likely keep the House under Republican control until at least 2022.

On June 28, District 13, which covers northern Manhattan and the southwestern edge of the Bronx, will host the most competitive U.S. congressional primary in the city, as eight Democratic candidates face off to clinch Rep. Charles Rangel’s seat.

The race in District 3 will also be noteworthy, considering that Democratic incumbent Steve Israel’s voting record is non-partisan; the Cook Political Report rates the election as a toss-up between parties.

But New Yorkers voting in districts with less contentious races can still have an impact by adding to or subtracting from the winner’s margin of victory: a politician with a greater mandate can pursue his or her agenda, while a politician with a smaller one will promote more moderate policies to secure re-election.

DNAinfo has the answers to all the questions you may have going into the state’s second primary election of the year:

I’m not sure whether I’m registered to vote as a Democrat in New York. How can I check?

You can look up your registration here.

Source: Here’s What You Need to Know About the June 28 New York Primary – Hamilton Heights – DNAinfo New York