The judge, Gary L. Sharpe of Federal District Court in Albany, ruled in a suit brought by the federal government that said a September primary would not allow sufficient time to get absentee ballots to military voters for the general election. The decision could mean that some New Yorkers might be asked to vote on four separate days this year.
His decision, which held the state’s political establishment in considerable suspense over the past month, does not affect the state’s presidential primary, scheduled for April 24. And it has no automatic effect on the primary elections for the State Senate and Assembly, which are scheduled for Sept. 11. But state legislators could choose to move their primary elections to match the new Congressional date, which Judge Sharpe set as June 26.
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