from a NYS BOE press release:
Commissioners Andrew Spano and Douglas Kellner of the New York State Board of Elections (NYSBOE), along with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), call on Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to consider combining the 2016 presidential primary with the 2016 congressional primary.
The federal primary is scheduled, pursuant to an existing court order, on the last Tuesday in June 2016 and the presidential primary is expected to be held on the fourth Tuesday in April. Combining these elections would avoid the need for four separate elections next year, encourage voter participation and eliminate an unfunded mandate which would save taxpayers an estimated $50,000,000 in the process.
“Combining the presidential and federal primaries next year is a common-sense solution to saving New York taxpayers millions of dollars, avoiding voter fatigue which has contributed to decreasing turnout in recent years and relieves already burdened counties of an avoidable unfunded mandate.” Says NYSBOE Commissioner Andrew Spano. “I am hopeful that the Legislature will act on this in the remaining days of their session.”