A “Primary Election” is held on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September unless otherwise changed by an act of the legislature. The polls are open for voting from Noon until 9:00 p.m.
The Board of Elections re-canvasses the results of the primary elections and tallies the Absentee Ballots and Affidavit Ballots. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be the nominee of his party in the General Election for such office or will be elected to a party position.
A “General Election” is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The polls are open for voting from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The most prominent example is the Presidential Election held every four years. Examples of statewide general elections include the races for the New York State Governor and New York State Senators.
This results in the candidate being listed on the ballot multiple times, under different political parties. When voting the voter can only select the candidate once but can select them under their choice of party.