Board of Elections Prepare for Republican Primary

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)-Western New York Registered Republican Voters are just a few weeks away from a primary election. A federal republican primary will take place on June 26th, following a federal mandate, and is the first time in close to 40 years to be held in June. In Erie County, there will only be 2 races: a United States Senate Race & the 27th Congressional District Race. The United States Senate Race, includes downstate candidates: Wendy Long, Bob Turner, & George Maragos. The Republican victor would then challenge incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in November's general election.

For the 27th Congressional District Race, which covers 8 counties locally, Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins & Army Veteran David Bellavia will battle it out for the Republican ticket. The Republican victor will then challenge incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul in November's election.

"In New York State the only elections that are contested are the ones that are on the Republican line," said Republican Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr. "We have to do a number of multi-tasking jobs during this period of time. Normally we would start gearing up for the September primary."

In Erie County, the polls will be open from 6 a.m to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 26th. Many polling places in outlining areas will open at noon.