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Cuomo delays presidential primary to June amid coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will delay New York’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 23, he announced Saturday, derailing the last contest to be scheduled for that date.
“I don’t think it’s wise to bring a lot of people to one location to vote — a lot of people touching one doorknob, a lot of people touching one pen,” he said at one of his daily briefings about the coronavirus.
It’s been clear for some time that the April 28 date would be unrealistic to work as planned, though there had not been any consensus as to what fixes might occur. There has been some movement toward allowing people to submit absentee ballots, even if they’re not ill, though elections officials have recently argued that holding an election in a month in any form is impractical.
The June 23 date is the one that was already on the books for congressional, state, and local primaries. Village contests, as well as special elections such as one to fill the congressional seat vacated last year by Chris Collins, were also due to be held on April 28.
Cuomo said Saturday afternoon that he “had advocated for it to be on [the June] date all along” to reduce the number of times that voters need to head to the polls, though that’s not entirely true. The governor initially expressed no opposition to the April date before abruptly announcing in September he would prefer one consolidated vote in February and was considering vetoing the bill that set the presidential one.