Maryland leaders back changing ’24 primary to avoid Passover

February 27, 2023 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Top leaders in the Maryland General Assembly are expressing support for changing the state’s 2024 primary date, which is now scheduled to take place during a Jewish holiday.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson noted Monday in a joint statement that the date unintentionally coincides with Passover, which would prevent thousands of residents from voting.

Maryland’s primary, which is set by law, is now set for April 23.

The presiding officers said they will work with the Maryland State Board of Elections and local election officials “to find a more appropriate date.”

Del. Dalya Attar, a Baltimore Democrat, submitted legislation last week that would allow the primary to be held on another day.