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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2023 04:50 PM
From: Senator David G. Argall and Sen. Sharif Street
To: All Senate members
Subject: Presidential Primary Date Change
In the near future, we will re-introduce legislation drafted by Senator John Gordner last session which would move up the date of our Presidential primary election in the Commonwealth.

Under existing law, the primary takes place on the fourth Tuesday of April. In most Presidential elections, the outcome is largely decided before our voters have a chance to cast their vote.

Our bill will move Pennsylvania’s Presidential primary election day to the third Tuesday of March. This will allow our voters to have a significant say in the outcome of these essential elections, while not running afoul of any rules set forth by the Democratic National Committee or the Republican National Committee.

Our bill will take effect for the Presidential primary of 2024.  It is anticipated that with this change, our primary would be on the same day as Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.

Our  bill will not change the date of primary elections in non-Presidential years.

Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB224