New York’s presidential primary has been postponed from April 28 to June 23, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday.
That move puts the presidential vote together with other primaries for state and offices.
“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote,” Cuomo said. “A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the device on the ballots, so we are going to delay that.”
The governor noted that he had preferred merging the two primaries in the past.
“Ironically I had advocated that it be on that date all along anyway, so there’s only one election, and people only needed to come out once. Everybody wants to vote, everybody wants to do their civic duty, but don’t make me come out and vote you know 11 times, put the elections together so I can go to the ballot once. And this will actually do that,” he said.
Early voting would have run from April 18-April 26.