New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed laws Friday that moved the 2018 main election date to Sept. 13 from Sept. 11 to keep away from conflicts with the Jewish vacation of Rosh Hashanah and the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 assaults.
Earlier this yr, the New York State Board of Elections had introduced that Sept. 11 could be New York’s main date for the 2018 midterm elections.
However the timing would have prevented a few of the greater than 1.6 million Jewish New Yorkers from taking part on the polls because of the begin of the Jewish New Yr.
New York State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who launched laws to alter the date, applauded Cuomo.
“It’s unfair to drive New Yorkers to decide on between fulfilling civic duties and observing two sacred days, Rosh Hashanah and Sept. 11,” Kaminsky mentioned.
New York State Assemblyman Robert Carroll additionally launched laws earlier this yr pushing for a change. The invoice required the first as a substitute be held on Sept. 13, and that mailers be despatched to voters with a discover in “all capital letters and daring font” to alert them to the change.
This isn’t the primary yr the election date has been moved, based on the New York State Board of Elections.
“There’s a statute that claims it’s all the time the primary Tuesday after the second Monday in September,” John Conklin, spokesman for the board, instructed Fox Information.
The transfer of the first date was not one thing that may very well be moved administratively, Conklin defined, noting it was as much as the legislature to move a invoice for Cuomo to signal.