Senate Republicans submitted legislation late Friday to have New York’s primaries in August instead of September or June.
Republicans have pushed since 2012 to hold the primaries in August, while Democrats want it in June. The state primaries are currently held in June, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported today.
Republicans have argued that August is a better compromise and avoids a primary during the end of the legislative session in June. The bill calls for primary elections for federal, state and local offices to be held the third Tuesday in August.
“A June primary for state offices would be disruptive to the normal legislative cycle, negatively impact the budget and end-of-session matters and unnecessarily inject politics into the governing process,” the bill, sponsored by Thomas O’Mara, R-Elmira, states.
Senate Republicans said that state legislators who ran for federal offices in 2012 missed much of the session that June.
It costs at least $40 million extra to have two primaries instead of one.
Democrats introduced legislation to have it the third Tuesday in June.
“Moving New York’s primary date to June is a common-sense solution that not only lifts an unnecessary financial burden off of both local municipalities and taxpayers, it also ensures that more New Yorkers have a chance to participate in the Election Day process,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said in a statement last October.
Statewide seats for governor, attorney general and comptroller are on the November ballot – as well as all 213 legislative seats and 27 congressional seats.