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NY1 VIDEO: Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin explained to Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis how he would ease what appears to be a chaotic year in 2012.

In a NY Post op-ed published on Nov. 30, Benjamin wrote

Election-year chaos looms, now that the Defense Department has declined to grant New York another waiver from the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act.

The MOVE law requires the mailing of absentee ballots to overseas military personnel and other voters 45 days before the November general election. That means election officials must know who’s on the ballot by then — which means the primaries (and any recounts and legal challenges) must be over.

Without a waiver from the law, it’s hard to see the state beating the US Justice Department’s lawsuit to force an early primary.

Predictably, the Board of Elections has suggested holding a separate congressional primary — on top of the presidential primary and the “normal” one for local offices in September. With the general election and school-budget votes in May, that makes for five “Election Days” — a profoundly bad and costly idea. (New York City just blew $17.2 million on an off-year general election that drew 150,000 voters.)

Read my complete NY Post op-ed here.

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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