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It's official: NY congressional primary moving to Aug. 23

Attorney James Walden, wearing a white face mask, blue suit, white shirt and blue-striped tie, gestures with his hands.
Vaughn Golden
James Walden, an attorney for Gavin Wax, on Tuesday aruged why he should be allowed to intervene in the lawsuit in an attempt to invalidate the state Assembly district lines.

It's official: New Yorkers will have to wait until August to vote in the primary elections for U.S. representatives, rather than June, after a federal judge gave his stamp of approval to the delay Tuesday.

Pushing back the primary to Aug. 23 would avoid a "chaotic situation" for voters, said U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe of Albany, and give the state's congressional redistricting process enough time to play out.

Primaries for governor and the state Assembly are still scheduled for June.

The new Democrat-drawn congressional maps that were supposed to be used in this year's elections were deemed unconstitutional by New York's high court, which found the maps violated an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment. That dealt a big blow to Democrats' hopes of crafting an electoral map that would be heavily favorable to their party.

A state judge and an independent expert are now drawing up replacement congressional and state Senate maps. Moving the state Senate primary doesn't need federal approval.

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