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Less primaries mean more for New York voters
For all the talk about how important
it is for all of us to vote, Queens continues
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to perform lousily when it comes to
participating in her democracy, with a
reported 13 percent turnout in February’s
public advocate special election and a
similar rate in June’s district attorney primary.
Th e pivotal 2020 elections loom large,
though they’re still more than a year away.
It’ll come down to turnout, as it always
does, and if Queens voters want to change
things in their city, state and country, they
need to show up when the polls are open
and make themselves counted.
As our eyes turn to the competitive
Democratic presidential primary, New
York state has positioned itself to hold a
critical primary on April 28. Th e primary
date was fi xed through legislation sponsored
by state Senator Michael Gianaris
and signed last week by Governor Andrew
In signing the bill, however, Cuomo
called on the state Legislature to go a step
further and pass legislation moving up
all primary races in New York state next
year — which are currently set for June
— to coincide with the April presidential
It makes all the sense in the world.
Consolidating the primaries to a single
day will save the taxpayers tens of millions
of dollars. It will also maximize turnout
in the state with the presidential primary
having top billing.
Right now, there are more than a dozen
Democrats running for president, and by
the time New York’s primary rolls around,
it fi gures that the fi eld will be whittled
down to a precious few — perhaps three
to fi ve. If recent history is any indicator,
chances are by April 28, 2020, no one
Democrat will have won enough delegates
to secure the nomination outright.
So we can expect that the New York primary
will be competitive, and the passionate
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fan bases for each candidate will
bring their passion to the primary and
spark both interest and turnout.
Th at will help candidates down the primary
ballot by giving them the opportunity
to win over more voters in April who
might not necessarily be as inclined to
show up and vote in a standalone primary
Consolidating the primaries is another
of the many much-needed steps that
New York state can take to get people to
the polls. Th is fall, for the fi rst time in
our history, early voting will be available
to New Yorkers who can cast their ballots
up to two weeks ahead of the Nov. 5 general
Even more progress can be made if the
state would consider and pass legislation
to enact same-day voter registration,
secure online voting and even ranked
choice voting, in which voters can select
from a fi eld of candidates in their order
Let’s not allow this opportunity to boost
New York’s democracy pass us by!