NORWICH – Get ready for elections overload.
It’s getting late to combine the primary for New York State Legislature with the newly-scheduled Congressional primary on June 26, something local-level elections officials had hoped might happen. They of course now know it’s not going to be lumped together with the presidential primary coming up on April 24, when the state’s Republicans will have to choose among Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to run against President Barack Obama in November.
So, as far as Chenango County Republican Commissioner Harriet Jenkins is concerned, a fourth election for New York’s legislative candidates will have to take place sometime in September.
“It hasn’t been set in stone yet. We still haven’t heard ... but I’m betting it’s going to be in September,” Jenkins said Monday.”We didn’t want four elections. We really didn’t budget for that.”
Democratic Commissioner Carol Franklin said all of the state’s county-level election boards have spoken to their local legislators and tried to have the primaries combined, but to no avail.