Josh Zakim Statement on State Primary Date

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BOSTON -- Josh Zakim, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State of the Commonwealth, released the following statement today in response to Secretary Bill Galvin's decision to hold the state primary on Tuesday, September 4, the day after Labor Day.

"It is outrageous and unprecedented to schedule a statewide primary for the day after Labor Day, when people are just returning from their summer vacations and haven't had time to focus on the upcoming election. And scheduling an early voting period during the last week of August is equally ridiculous.

"This is a brazen example of the Secretary trying to depress voter turnout. We should be making it easier and more convenient for people to vote, not putting up additional barriers. There are any number of dates that he could have selected that would have made it easier for working people and young people to get to the polls despite busy work and school schedules. I submitted testimony to the Secretary last week recommending weekend voting.

"Never before has the primary been held the day after Labor Day - not in the 24 years the Secretary has been in office, and not in the 124 years that Labor Day has been a federal holiday.

"I'm running for Secretary of the Commonwealth to make government more accessible to the people it serves. Scheduling this vote the day after Labor Day achieves the exact opposite."