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2014 US Senate primary to be earliest in state's history

12:06 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A federal judge has agreed to let Georgia officials move the state's U.S. Senate primary from mid-July to May 20, marking the earliest such primary in the state's history.

Judge Steve C. Jones originally requested the primary be moved to June 3. But Secretary of State Brian Kemp says that would've meant polls had to open the Saturday before Memorial Day, the station reports.

The date change is in response to a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Kemp's office. The lawsuit claims Georgia's July date didn't allow a 45-day window for the return of overseas ballots before a potential runoff, as required by federal law.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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