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Loophole allows voters in August primary to change party affiliation

Aug 03, 2022 12:34 am

New York's Board of Election website says that "voting for the August Primary will take place August 13, 2022 to August 21, 2022. New York is a closed primary state." But that second sentence may not be true for this election. New York State of Politics reports that, "A loophole caused by redistricting litigation currently allows for already registered voters in New York to change their political affiliation up to and the day of the August 23 primary." When the legislature redistricting plan was struck down earlier this year and new election dates set, a state Supreme Court judge set a new date, July 29, for unregistered voters to register in person or postmark their registration for mail in order to vote in the primary. But the judge did not set a new date to change party affiliation. So a registered voter could go to their polling place during the voting period and ask for a form to change their affiliation, and then vote in the that primary election. But the story says sources say state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister, who issued the original redistricting decision, may close the loophole. But for now, the Aug. 23 primary is an open election. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.