Colin Cambell from the Politicker: After some confusion, it’s finally been decided when Republican and Democratic candidates will be voting for their nominees in 2012.
A judge’s ruling set the primary date for June 26th, but only for federal offices: U.S. House and Senate races. There will be pressure for the other 2012 primaries, outside of the April 24th presidential primary, will follow suit.
It is still possible for Albany to keep a later primary date for state legislative races, but that would cost money and such a plan could face opposition from a governor that prides himself in fiscal restraint.
The issue had been complicated by a federal law passed requiring ballots be sent to overseas and military voters at least 45 days in advance of the election day.
The June primary, as opposed to a later primary that the Senate Republicans had pushed for, could push the redistricting process forward even faster. The later date would have allowed the legislature additional time to negotiate lines before the courts were forced to intervene so that candidates have actual districts to run in.
View the full ruling here, courtesy of Capital Tonight.