Massachusetts To Change Rosh Hashanah 2012 Primary Date
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Massachusetts To Change Rosh Hashanah 2012 Primary Date

Massachusetts’ secretary of state said he would change the date of the 2012 state primary so that it does not conflict with Rosh Hashana.

The primary is currently scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, the second day of Rosh Hashana.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Wednesday that the primary could be changed to a Wednesday or Thursday, instead of the traditional Tuesday, State House News Service reported.

The announcement came as state Sen. Barry Finegold criticized the current date as "problematic."

“There are people who literally won’t travel to the polls on that day for religious reasons, and we don’t want to deprive anyone of the ability to vote," he said. Finegold called for the primary to be held a week earlier, on Sept. 11.

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