Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Alabama Bill Would Shift Presidential Primary into SEC Primary Position

Just a couple of weeks into the 2015 Alabama state legislative session, a bill has been introduced to move the primary up a week on the 2016 presidential primary calendar to March 1.

Senator Quinton Ross (D-26th, Montgomery) introduced SB 240 on Tuesday, March 17. The legislation would bump the Alabama presidential primary -- consolidated with primaries for other offices -- up to the first Tuesday in March from the second Tuesday in March position the state held on the 2012 calendar. 2011 legislation established the latter date for the primary election. The proposed move for 2016 is more subtle. By moving up a week, Alabama would join the proposed SEC primary.

Bills have already been introduced in Arkansas and Mississippi to schedule those states' presidential primaries for March 1. Texas and Tennessee are already positioned there.

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