A steady stream of voters used their lunch break to cast their ballots at Christ the Good Shepard Church in Rochester. It is one of many polling sites throughout the city of Rochester, where people could vote on candidates in several key races.
Many believe their vote counts, and they have done their homework when it comes to putting the right person in office.
"I think it's very important. I think our government is in trouble and I think it's important that we have good people," said Carol Tinning.
"I would like to see education, the school system a little bit better, working with the Boys and Girls Club and also dealing with kids, they don't have a lot," said Sharon Barner.
The Monroe County Board of Elections says some 93,000 people are eligible to vote in Tuesday's primary. That's about 21 percent of registered voters.
Republican Elections Commissioner Peter Quinn says primary election turnout is traditionally much lower than that of a general election, but he anticipates overall turnout to be between 33 to 36 percent.
"We think it's just as important or more important to get out and participate in your own primary of your party. You're literally picking the candidate who will represent your part on the ballot in the general election on the November ballot," said Quinn, R.
The mayoral race in the city has been grabbing a lot of attention these days, but election officials say each race is important to voters no matter what size the jurisdiction.
"We have everything from small in a town to large in a city of Rochester, but all are important and I expect we'll see some good turnouts," Quinn said.
Primaries are considered a way to narrow the field of candidates. Many voters say once their job is done, it is then up to that person in power to make the best choices when it comes to serving their city or town.
Polls will be open from 12 p.m. until 9.p.m. Stay with YNN after the polls close for all of the primary election results.