No Need for So Many Primaries
by Henry Euler
Jul 25, 2018 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year, there was a federal primary in New York on June 26. There were no contested races for the statewide Senate seat currently held by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and few Congressional primaries.

However, there will be another primary on September 13 for state offices.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is being challenged by fellow Democrat Cynthia Nixon, and there will be a Democratic Party primary for Attorney General with probable candidates Letitia James and Zephyr Teachout.

There will no doubt be a smattering of other races as well, including contests for State Senate and Assembly.

Why do we have two primary dates? Why can’t the primaries be combined to save the taxpayers millions of dollars?

In New York in 2016, there was a presidential primary in April, a congressional primary in June and a state primary in September. Three primaries!

Does this make sense? Doesn’t this separation of primaries encourage lower voter turnout? And again, the cost to the taxpayers is staggering.

We need to have reform of our voting system here in New York State, and I was pleased to read that reforms are being proposed in Albany to encourage voter participation.

We also need to make running for office less onerous and easier for would-be candidates of any party. There is also the issue of campaign finance reform to ensure that elections can’t be controlled by wealthy contributors.

However, to me, the most obvious reform and probably the easiest to implement is to schedule all primaries in our state on one day.

Henry Euler is a resident of Bayside.

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