State of Politics: Watchdog Groups Endorse June Primary

(VOCAL-NY joined a coalition of voting rights groups to endorse a 2012 primary election date in June that would allow for greater voter participation.)

State of Politics: Watchdog Groups Endorse June Primary

Nov 2nd – 11:31 AM | Posted by Nick Reisman

A coalition of government watchdog and voting rigts groups signed onto a letter endorsing June primary in order for the state to comply with the federal MOVE Act.

In the Oct. 31 letter to U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe, the groups write that the June primary, opposed by Senate Republicans, is the best way to ensure that military and overseas ballots are sent out in a timely fashion.

“New York’s current September primary date virtually guarantees that such an opportunity is denied to many since September primary elections are rarely certified, ballots prniated and sent out more than several weeks before the General Election. This makes it a near impossibility for many such ballots to be delivered and returned in time for the elction by many overseas voters, including military personnel.”

The groups singing on to the letter incldue the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Brennan Center at NYU, Common Cause, Vocal-NY, NYPIRG, among others.

Read more and view the letter at State of Politics.

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