Reader Poll: PA Should Move Its Primary Date
While the discussion of moving Pennsylvania’s primary date is still ongoing in the state legislature, a majority of PoliticsPA readers believe it is time to move on from the current date.
40% of votes in the PoliticsPA poll support Senate Bill 779, which would move the current primary date from the fourth Tuesday in April up to the third Tuesday in March in all presidential election years, starting in 2024. 34% voted in the poll to move the primary date even earlier than the third Tuesday in March, while just 21% voted that the current primary date should be kept as is. Lastly, 6% voted that the primary date should be between the third Tuesday in March and the current date.
In total, 79% of the votes signaled that the current primary date should be changed for 2024 presidential election, while just 21% voted to keep the current date.
State Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), who is the sponsor of Senate Bill 779, said he believes his legislation would provide Pennsylvanians voters to play a bigger role in selecting their party’s nominee. Although the state Senate unanimously approved the bill, CNHI news service reports that the proposal “appears headed for a struggle in the state House,” citing state government chairman, state Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) saying a lot of his colleagues don’t see the point of moving the date.
394 people weighed in on this poll.
Reader Poll: Should PA Move Its Primary Date?
- Yes, Third Tuesday in March (40%)
- Yes, Even Earlier Than the Third Tuesday in March (34%)
- No, Keep it as is. (21%)
- Yes, Between the Third Tuesday in March and the Current Date (6%)