Florida’s Primary Date May Change – Again

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida lawmakers will meet next week to decide whether to change the date of the August primary election again.

A Senate panel will discuss a bill which would push back the date from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21.

Last year the Florida Legislature changed the date of the primary election so it did not conflict with the Republican National Convention being held in Tampa. The convention will start Aug. 27.

Florida’s political calendar could be thrown into disarray if there are widespread legal challenges to new Congressional and legislative districts. The Legislature moved up its 2012 session to January so it can deal with the once-a-decade job of redistricting.

A change in the primary date would also change the date of when candidates can qualify for the ballot.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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