Advocates Call On New York To Reschedule April Primary

Steve Burns
March 27, 2020 - 1:13 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — While other states have moved their presidential primaries, New York’s remains on the calendar next month.

On April 28, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New York were set to head to the polls. Of those states, just New York remains.

Most states have moved their primary to June, and there’s calls for New York to follow suit.

“We don't believe that the Democratic norms can and should be thrown out the window due to this public health emergency,” said Sarah Goff, of Common Cause New York.

She wants New York State to join those other ones, noting election commissioners worry about the health and safety of their poll workers.

“They will need the time to readjust their staffing models and how they can safely implement the election come June,” Goff said.

Some states like Ohio have moved to a mail in primary, but Goff said that would be a challenge in New York as voter rolls aren't up to date.

“Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers would never receive their ballots in the mail if this was an automatic process,” she explains.

Instead, she wants to see expanded absentee voting.