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Niagara County sets presidential primary registration times

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Board of Elections announced Friday that its offices will be open extra hours to register new voters for the April 19 presidential primary.

The board offices at 111 Main St., Lockport, are normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 19, and will remain open until 7 p.m. on March 21 and 23. It also will be open for its regular hours on March 25, which is Good Friday, and also the last day for voters not already registered to join the voter rolls for the primary.

Mail-in registration forms also are available at city and town halls, banks, post offices and public libraries, and are valid if postmarked by March 25.

Under New York law, only registered members of the Republican and Democratic parties may vote in presidential primaries. Crossover voting and participation by independents, which is allowed in some states, is not permitted in New York.

Also, it is too late for people who are already registered to change affiliation to take part in a particular primary; that would have had to be done last year, the Board of Elections said. Only voters who are not currently registered may choose a party now for the April 19 primary.