BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ top elections official has chosen Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day, to hold the state’s 2018 primary.
Secretary of State William Galvin on Tuesday also proposed a five-day early voting period before the primary election.
Galvin has struggled to finalize a primary date because the original date set by law, Tuesday Sept. 18, conflicted with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. The earlier Tuesday — Sept. 11 — also conflicted with a religious holiday.
Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, who is challenging Galvin in the Democratic primary, said it’s “outrageous and unprecedented” to schedule a primary for the Tuesday after Labor Day. He said people are just returning from vacation and haven’t focused on the upcoming election.
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Galvin’s proposed early voting period would require approval from the Legislature.