Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Maryland Bill to Move to Late April Presidential Primary Passess House

The Maryland state House on Tuesday, March 17 passed an amended version of HB 396. By a vote of 138-1, the House gave the green light to the plan to move the presidential primary back three weeks from the first Tuesday in April to the fourth Tuesday in April.

The move now would align the Maryland presidential primary on the primary calendar with contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, but the change was initially proposed to prevent a conflict between religious holidays and early voting tied to the primary election.

An identical bill has also passed the state Senate and has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee that amended and favorably passed the House version.

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