HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Greiner (R-Lancaster) who, for more than a decade has championed legislation to give Pennsylvania an earlier primary in presidential election years, continues his push to give Pennsylvania voters greater clout in choosing the nation’s president.
After legislation he sponsored early last year to move the 2024 presidential primary election to the third week in March failed to make its way through the legislative process in time, Greiner reintroduced his bill to help ensure ample time for the 2028 election cycle.
House Bill 1857
would move Pennsylvania’s general primary election from the fourth Tuesday in April to the third Tuesday in March, to give the Commonwealth a greater role in selecting the presidential candidates. Other states holding primaries that day include Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio.
“As the fifth most populous state in the country and an important swing state, Pennsylvania should play a more significant role in selecting our nation’s president,” said Greiner. “Currently, 38 states hold their primaries or caucuses ahead of us. Unfortunately, by the time we cast our votes here in the Commonwealth, our candidates in the presidential race have essentially been determined. My legislation would put Pennsylvania back in play, giving our voters greater leverage in deciding who our candidates will be.”
House Bill 1857 would take effect Jan. 1, 2028, in time for that year’s presidential primary. The bill is now pending action in the House State Government Committee.
Representative Keith J. Greiner, CPA
43rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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