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NY Senate GOP introduces bill for August primary
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Republicans in the state Senate have filed a bill to move primary day to late August, highlighting a lingering disagreement with legislative Democrats.
New York's current September primary date for state offices made it difficult to comply with a federal law that requires ballots for military and overseas voters to be sent at least 45 days before the general election.
A bill filed Friday by Republican Sen. Thomas O'Mara would move primaries for federal and state office in New York to the third Tuesday in August.
Democrats in charge of the Assembly have already passed a bill in that house that would move state primaries to the fourth Tuesday in June, the same date as federal primaries.
Republicans claim a June primary would disrupt the end of the legislative session.