Primary purpose

Roger remembers:

September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday so it was primary day. Unsurprising, the voting, which had already begun at 6 a.m. in New York City and a few other counties, was postponed to September 25, notably with seven new polling places.

I understand it, I really do. September 11 is for not forgetting. But what better way to remember than to stick up a proverbial middle finger at terrorism by casting the ballot that the planes hitting the World Trade Center interrupted?

I like the cut of this man’s jib.

And besides:

Truth be told, I think a September primary is too late. In races with an unchallenged incumbent, a late primary is a disadvantage to anyone running in a primary, who will have only eight weeks to consolidate the fractured segments of the party and run against a usually entrenched and better financed opponent.

The federal primary in New York State is at the end of June, so those running for Congress, House and Senate, compete then. I think ALL the primaries should be held at that time. It would also create a savings for the local Boards of Election, who wouldn’t need to find people to staff the voting booths in both June AND September.

We have so damned many election dates in this state. We might be wise to consider consolidating some, or preferably all, of them.


  1. fillyjonk »

    11 September 2018 · 8:42 pm

    “We have so damned many election dates in this state. We might be wise to consider consolidating some, or preferably all, of them.”


    (“I am fillyjonk, and I approve this message”?)

  2. McGehee »

    12 September 2018 · 12:17 am

    In California, IINM, these days you get three elections in presidential years, two in other even-numbered years, and in Sacramento at least, city elections in odd-numbered years — don’t know if they do primaries for nonpartisan offices but if so, that’s two elections.

    In Alaska it was three elections in even-numbered years and one in odd-numbered years, because municipal offices (city and borough) all had three-year terms.

    In Georgia, in theory, a presidential election year could send you to the polls as many as five times. And then there are the city elections in odd-numbered years, but we don’t live in city limits here either.

    I’m looking forward to Wyoming, where there are two elections in even-numbered years and that’s it.

  3. Roger O Green »

    12 September 2018 · 8:49 am

    And in NYS we ALSO have school budget/board voting in May, sometimes at polling places DIFFERENT from the primaries and general elections. The Presidential primary is now in April. I have voted five times in one year (1976). Not everyone can be so dedicated.

  4. hollyh »

    12 September 2018 · 11:58 am

    And while we’re at it could we PLEASE have elections on the weekend? Saturday through Sunday, preferably. And that would of course mean that we would have to stop using churches as polling places, and use libraries and/or schools instead. Doesn’t that make more sense anyhow? It kind of raises separation-of-church-and-state issues, to hold these at churches.

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