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Federal law now ensures that overseas military personnel and other citizens have the right to request, receive and return absentee ballots for federal elections on a timely basis. In particular, states are required to get absentee ballots out to those qualifying at least 45 days before the Nov. 6 general election next year.
While the presidential primary is scheduled by state law for April 24, congressional and local election primaries are scheduled for September 12. Since primary elections have rarely been certified and ballots printed and sent out more than several weeks before the general election, this makes it a near impossibility for many such ballots to be delivered and returned in time for the election by many overseas voters, including military personnel.
The New York State Assembly and Senate have been unable to pass a new law pushing up the primary dates. Senate Republicans want an August date, while Assembly Democrats, led by Speaker Sheldon Silver and supported by several good government groups, want a June date since many voters leave their regular homes for vacations in August and some voters would be disenfranchised.
In addition, New York law in the past provided for June primaries. Republicans are against June primaries because the legislature would still be in session and legislators would be required to campaign for reelection. This is a particular problem for the Republicans, who narrowly control the Senate.
A complicating factor is that the Justice Department has sued New York in order to force a change in the primary date to enable compliance with the law. In a recent hearing on the matter, Federal Judge Gary L. Sharpe indicated he will pick a date by December 27 and is leaning toward an August primary.
A June primary would seem to be the best choice, either by agreement in the legislature or judicial fiat, since it would make for maximum voter participation – which should be the overriding consideration.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
Inspired by the Perek Shira pasuk for “small non-kosher animals” we named the bunny “Rebbetzin Tova”
The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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