NY Assembly votes to change primary
ALBANY, NY — The New York State Assembly has passed legislation that would change the date of this year’s primary election from Tuesday, September 11, to Thursday, September 13.
There are two reasons lawmakers are seeking to change the date: one is that it coincides with the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the second is that it conflicts with the Jewish holi day Rosh Hashanah, and according the Carl Heastie, the Speaker of the House, “This date would be problematic for persons of the Jewish faith who wish to participate in the election.
“The Assembly majority is committed to making sure that every New Yorker is able to exercise their right to vote,” said Heastie. “By changing the date of this year’s state primary, we can be certain we have taken the necessary steps to encourage voter participation across the state.” “This legislation helps us to ensure that our electoral system is fair to all New Yorkers,” said Assembly member Charles Lavine, chair of the election law committee. “Voter participation is critical to the continued success of our democracy, which is why the Assembly majority consistently pushes for policies that facilitate the voting process.”
Assembly member Robert Carroll, sponsor of the bill, said, “September 11th is a significant day of remembrance and memorial for many New Yorkers and also coincides with the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.”