Senate To Debate Moving Up August Primary

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The Vermont Senate is expected to debate a bill that would move up the state’s primary election to early August.

Vermont’s primary used to be held in mid-September, before the 2010 election the date was moved to late August to ensure the secretary of state’s office has time to produce general election ballots in time to meet federal deadlines. That included sending absentee ballots to overseas service members.

But Secretary of State Jim Condos said even more time is needed.

If the bill is passed by the full Legislature, the 2014 primary would be held on Aug. 5.

The bill would also require town and city clerks to report primary and general election results the day of the election.

The Senate is expected to debate the measure today.

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