19th congressional district race being closely watched

June 26, 2018 11:54 PM

One of the most closely watched races in the country is right in our backyard. Seven Democrats are squaring off, with the winner to face Congressman John Faso in the fall.

The leader, Delgado, is a 41-year-old father of twin boys who was born and raised in Schenectady, became a Rhodes scholar and went to Harvard Law. He now lives in Rhinebeck.


The 19th Congressional District is unique and many voters in Columbia County also own homes in New York City. This year, there's been a push for many of them to register in the 19th.

One man I spoke to outside a polling location in Chatham says he's from the Upper West Side, but he spends his weekends up in Old Chatham.

He says his vote doesn't really make a difference downstate, where most people vote Democratic anyway. That's why he re-registered up in Columbia County at his second home, where just a few votes can really make a difference in the House.

In fact, a woman I spoke with at a different location told me the same thing. However, she says she's not happy that downstate weekenders are able to vote here, because they don't live there all the time. She calls that unfair.

At the same time, someone else told me people who come up from downstate make a big deal convincing impact and are often well informed about the candidates.

There is no minimum for the number of days that someone has to be present in the 19th District in order to vote there legally. As long as they have an address in the congressional district for 30 days prior to the election, they can vote there. It doesn't matter how much time they physically spend in the area.

Columbia County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner said there's been a steady stream of people changing their voter registration from downstate.


WNYT Staff

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