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A Push is on to Move New York’s Primary Date

Sheldon Silver
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Democratic New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins are supporting moving the state’s primary elections from September to June.

Silver and Cousins claim $50 million can be saved by holding both the state and federal primaries on the same day.

Silver said the convenience of the two primaries on the same day would also encourage better voter turnout.

Republicans are bucking the move.  Opponents say a June primary conflicts with the state legislative session.

The Republicans are advocating holding both federal and state primaries in August.

The June federal primary had been set by a judge in order to accommodate absentee ballot mailings overseas.

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