Missouri law makers set to change presidential primary election date to March

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Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo
. -- A Missouri House committee has voted unanimously to move the state’s presidential primary election to March, a change that will be permanent.

The vote follows the wishes of Governor Nixon who made the setting of the primary date in March a priority of the special legislative session. The General Assembly during its regular session voted to move the primary date from its original February date back to March 6 in accordance to the wishes of the national political parties.

But Nixon vetoed the bill when it reached his desk at the end of the regular session. At the time, the bill also included several other provisions that eliminated some election dates and language that affected the way vacant political offices could be filled.

The legislation approved by the House elections committee Thursday sets the presidential primary election for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. The bill now moves on to the House floor where it’s expected to pass easily on Friday.