Last week’s NY State Court of Appeals decision (4-3) has thrown some primary elections into a bit of a turmoil. The Court rejected two sets of political maps drawn by the legislature earlier this year, ordering new district boundaries be drawn for the U.S. House of Representatives and State Senate. The Court struck down the redistricting maps for U.S. Members of Congress. Congressional districts in New York will now be determined by a court appointed “Special Master.” In addition, the NY State Senate District maps were rejected due to procedural problems. As a result, the Court has ordered Congressional and State Senate primary elections to be held Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022. The Court is working to develop a new Political Calendar to reflect this primary date. At this time, we do not foresee the June 28th primary changing for U.S. Senate, Statewide offices, (including the Governor) the State Assembly, Judicial Delegates and Alternates and any local offices that are scheduled to be on the primary ballot.
The lowest unit charge period begins 45 days prior to a primary election and 60 days prior to a general election. Based on the Court’s order, the new schedule will be as follows:
The legislature could vote to change the primary date, but for now the above-mentioned dates apply. We will keep you posted regarding any changes. For more information go to the NY Board of Elections website click HERE.
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