By Bob Katzen
Under existing law, the 2018 state primary election would be held on Tuesday, September 18, which coincides with the important Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. If there is a conflict with a religious holiday, state law requires Secretary of State Bill Galvin to move the primary to a date within seven days of the original September 18 – giving Galvin a choice of the 15 days from Sept. 4 until Sept. 18 to hold the election. A logical choice would be to hold the election the week before on Tuesday, September 11, but that would create another problem because that date coincides with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
Galvin’s office held a hearing last week to allow public input on the problem. Only one person showed up to testify – Benjamin Bloomenthal, who is considering a primary challenge to Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord). He suggested that Galvin set the election date for either Tuesday, Sept. 4 or Thursday, Sept. 6.