Gillibrand race is highlight in local voting next Tuesday

By Julia Green
It would be virtually impossible not to know that Tuesday is Election Day. Anyone who has turned on a television, perused a newspaper, listened to a radio, or driven along area roads in recent weeks has undoubtedly been assaulted with news coverage on the upcoming presidential election and advertisements pushing a candidate. Bumper stickers adorn cars, yard signs grace residences and T-shirts bear political affirmations and allegiances.
Come Wednesday morning, it will all be over, save any “hanging chad” debacle reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election.
Voters will be headed to the polls on Tuesday, where the much-anticipated 2008 presidential race will be atop the ballot. Also on the ballot are races for congressional representative for the 20th District, state senator for the 42nd District, assembly member for the 107th District and Delaware County District Attorney.
In the presidential race, Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Republican candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) are the front-runners. The 2008 election marks the first time in the country’s history that two sitting senators will run against each other for the office of president.
Also on the presidential ballot are: Libertarian candidate and former Congressman Bob Barr; Green Party candidate and former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney; Socialist Workers Party candidate Roger Calero; Socialism and Liberation party candidate Gloria La Riva; and independent candidate Ralph Nader.
In the only other contested race of the election, sitting Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (D) will be challenged by Republican Sandy Treadwell.
Incumbent Republican New York State Senator John J. Bonacic is running unopposed for the office he has held since first winning the seat in 1998.
Republican Assemblyman Clifford Crouch is also running unchallenged for Member of Assembly for the 107th District. He has served in the assembly since 1995.
Richard D. Northrup (R) is unchallenged for the office of Delaware County District Attorney.
Voters will also have the opportunity to mark their ballots in favor of or against an amendment to Article 5, Section 6 of the United States Constitution as it relates to additional civil service credit for members of the armed forces of the United States. The proposed amendment would eliminate the requirement that veterans who were disabled in the actual performance of duty in any war by receiving disability payments from the United States Veterans Administration in order to quality for additional points on a civil service examination for appointment or promotion.
Under the proposed amendment, the disability must only be certified to exist by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposed amendment would also update the reference to the “United States Veterans Administration” to instead refer to the “United States Department of Veterans Affairs” to reflect current federal government structure.
Voters will be asked if the proposed amendment should be approved.
Polls will open Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3 is the last day to apply, in person or by agent, for an application for an absentee ballot and the last day to mail the ballot. Nov. 4 is the last day for ballots to be delivered by agent to the board of elections.
The Delaware County Board of Elections is located at 3 Gallant Avenue in Delhi. Voters can contact the board of elections office at 607 746-2315. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will also be open this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Registered voters can access their personal voter information, including voter status and polling location, by visiting