The Times Union’s Matthew Hamilton looks at the state’s 2016 state and federal primary dates after “the Assembly approved a bill that would move up the state primaries, held in September since the mid-1970s, to the fourth Tuesday in June to line up with federal primaries, a date set by a federal court ruling. From the article:
“The question about merging the primary into an earlier date for both congressional and state primaries has often been a political matter between the Assembly and the Senate over whose candidates might do better at what point in time,” said Jeff Wice, an election law expert at SUNY Buffalo Law School.
The squabble is rooted in a 2012 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe requiring the state to set federal primaries for the fourth Tuesday in June. It came after the state received a waiver in 2010 that allowed it to keep the federal primary in September despite the 2009 passage of the federal MOVE Act requiring states to provide absentee ballots to military and overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal general election.”