Proposed Date Change


The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is soliciting public comment concerning the date of the Massachusetts State Primaries in 2018.

The provisions of section 28 of chapter 53 of the General Laws, as amended by section 65 of chapter 46 of the Acts of 2015, state:

[i]f a religious holiday falls on or immediately before the second Tuesday in September (September 11, 2018) in an even-numbered year, the state primary shall be held on a date set by the state secretary within 7 days of the second Tuesday in September.

In 2018, Rosh Hashanah begins on September 9th and ends on September 11th, creating the need to change the primary date to a date within 7 days of September 11th.  

The Secretary welcomes public comments on the new date for the 2018 State Primaries. Comments may be made in person or in writing. In person comments may be made at an open public session to be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the 17th floor conference room of the Office of the Secretary, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02108. Also, written comments will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. on January 2, 2018.  Written submissions should be delivered to Michelle K. Tassinari, Director/Legal Counsel, Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, One Ashburton Place, Room 1705, Boston, MA 02108 or via email to

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