Two New York Primaries ‘Confusing,’ to Cost Up to $120 Million


Voting Rights and Democracy Project Director and Adjunct Professor Jerry Goldfeder was quoted in a Bloomberg Government article discussing the possibility of two separate primary elections in New York State.

New York is on course to hold primaries in both June and August, potentially doubling the cost to taxpayers, after the state’s highest court ordered the Republican-hindering congressional and state Senate maps redrawn.

State officials were looking into questions about the district lines, petitioning dates, and whether the congressional nominating election could legally be held in August.

“It’s a very confusing situation and we have a state court, the Board of Elections, the Legislature, and potentially the federal court all attempting to figure out how to proceed, while the voters are watching and wondering,” said Jerry H. Goldfeder, director of the Voting Rights and Democracy project at Fordham University School of Law and an election attorney for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

…It’s unclear whether the congressional date can legally be set for August because a 2012 federal court order compelled New York to hold U.S. House primaries in June, Goldfeder said.

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