2011-08-12 / Top Stories

MOVE Act Forces Primary Day Move

By Daniel Solomon

For years, New Yorkers have turned out to the polls on the second Tuesday of September to cast their votes for Democratic and Republican candidates for city and state offices. In 2012, though, things will be different.

Thanks to federal legislation passed in 2009, the state has to move back its primary. The MOVE Act, championed by Senator Chuck Schumer, requires that absentee ballots for military servicemen and women be mailed out 45 days before a general election, a task that is hard to accomplish with the day of the general election less than two months from that of the nominating contests. Already, state senators and assemblymen in Albany have floated a few possible dates for the primary. Two are the second and third Tuesdays in June. Others have suggested an August election. Voters need not fret about scheduling for the presidential primary, which won’t be affected by this change. Next year, it will still be on April 24.

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