As expected, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe on Thursday designated the fourth Tuesday in June as the date to hold Congressional primaries in New York.

The designation was done to comply with the federal MOVE Act, a measure that requires military and overseas voters have timely access to absentee ballots.

But the designation of the June primary by Sharpe only applies to elections on the federal level.

State lawmakers in 2012 were not able to come to an agreement on a primary date, and Sharpe designated the fourth Tuesday in June as the day to hold primaries for House races and the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Democrats had pushed for a June date as well, while Republicans in the Senate backed an August primary that they say would have given them more time to collect petition signatures.

When taking into account the Republican presidential primary in April, the resulting impasse creating a third primary date for state and local races, which defaulted to Sept. 13 (state lawmakers could agree on moving the primary date from the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to the Thursday of that week).

Once again, Assembly Democrats are pushing a bill that would create a June primary for state races as well; it remains unclear if the measure will be approved by the Senate.

(h/t to Jimmy Vilekind at Capital for flagging this).

131212 Election Calendar Order by Nick Reisman