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Lost in the shuffle of all the other bills Governor Bob Bentley signed on June 9 was HB 425, the bill to move the Alabama presidential primary to the second Tuesday in March from the first Tuesday in February. The legislation also shifts the primaries for state and local offices up from the first Tuesday in June to coincide with the presidential primary; a move that will save the state nearly $4 million. Alabama will join western neighbor, Mississippi, with a presidential primary on the second Tuesday in March.
Alabama now becomes the seventh state to move its presidential primary back to a later date in order to comply with national party rules, but the first to consolidate its presidential primary with those for state and local offices as a means of saving money.