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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 photo, voting polls are open at Auburn Memorial City Hall for the primary election.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday moving the state and local primary election to Thursday, Sept. 13. 

The bill, which received bipartisan support in the state Legislature, was introduced to change the date of the primary. The election was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

That date would not only conflict with commemoration of the 9/11 attacks but it falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. 

The legislation was sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Carroll. State Sen. Simcha Felder carried the bill in his chamber. 

After the Senate passed the bill last month, Felder said it would help guarantee all voters their right to vote in the primary. 

"New Yorkers, who would find it impossible, or difficult to do both, will be able to observe the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, or the solemn day of 9/11, without concern," he said. 

The state and local primary has been moved before when it has been scheduled for Sept. 11. The last time it happened was in 2012. The primary was set for Sept. 11, but state lawmakers approved legislation to push it back to Thursday, Sept. 13. 

As he did this year, Cuomo signed the bill in 2012. 

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