1/5/13

A June Primary This Year?

The city Board of Elections is asking the State Legislature to move Primary Day 2013 from September to June to allow BOE officials to prepare and test new voting machines, a move that could strategically affect the mayoral and other races this year.

A BOE spokesperson called the current September date for the citywide primary a "legal impossibility."

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver supports an earlier primary, but said he would want to consult local and elected officials about what would work best.

A June primary would generally favor candidates with high name recognition who are leading in the polls and leading in fundraising. In unsettled races, an early primary would prevent candidates from fully developing their campaigns.

In the mayoral race, an early primary may favor City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the front-runner.

The article from Crain's New York.

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