NY to Have Multiple Primary Elections in 2012 Due to Defense Department


pollsBy Yossi Gestetner

I am sure you are wondering, “What does the Defense Department have to do with NY’s Primaries?” Well, get this: Albany is fighting how to draw up new Congressional and state legislative maps. Therefore, lawmakers want the Primaries to take place in September to give them enough time to battle it out. This date was rejected by the Defense Department as too late because due to a new law the DOD needs 45 days before an election to send absentee ballots to the troops overseas, and of course it takes time to print them, etc.

So where does this leave NY’ers? The Huffington Post Reports “a federal judge ruled that New York’s primary for federal offices could be held no later than Aug. 18. This would result in a total of three primaries: an April presidential vote, an August congressional vote and a September state and local office vote.”

Of course, don’t forget your School Board vote in May and the General Elections votes in November are also scheduled to take place in, well… 2012!

{Gestetner Updates/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. How about changing the laws & allowing everyone, regardless of Party affiliation, to vote in the pimary’s? Republican or Democrat. Here in Brooklyn, we are out numbered by Democrats, so why can’t us Republicans vote in the local primary elections when it’s going to be a Democrat anyway?

  2. The Department of Defense has no such right. Only Congress can effect a change in the date of elections in States.

    Art. I, Sec. 4, cl. 1:

    “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.”