PENNSYLVANIA — State legislators in Pennsylvania are looking to shake up the election process by moving the state’s presidential primary election date up by one month.
The bill, which is being sponsored by Senators Sharif Street and Malcolm Kenyatta, and State Rep. Jared Solomon, would set the date for the 2024 Presidential Primary in PA to be on March 19, 2024. This could have a major impact on the race for president, as Pennsylvania has traditionally been a key battleground state.
“Pennsylvania will be a pivotal battleground state in 2024 and having the primary election well after many other states already have theirs makes our commonwealth one of the last states in the nation to weigh in despite being a crucial swing state,” Kenyatta said. “With an earlier primary, Pennsylvania voters will represent the ‘keystone’ needed for each candidate to win their party’s nomination in 2024 and beyond.”
“Pennsylvania has proved time and time again to be a pivotal state when it comes to elections,” Solomon said. “This legislation will provide Pennsylvania the political weight it deserves by giving us a voice earlier in the process.”
Kenyatta and Solomon will be introducing this legislation along with state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Phila., who will introduce mirror legislation in the Senate.
“Pennsylvania is a critical battleground in determining the leadership and direction of our nation,” Street said. “It is incumbent upon government and our obligation to enhance the voices of Pennsylvanians in choosing the president. Moving our presidential primary date up by one month gives the voices of Pennsylvanians the weight they deserve,” Street said.
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