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Secretary of State pushes for March 1 presidential primary
by Staff Reports
February 19, 2014 06:14 PM | 3378 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brian Kemp
Brian Kemp
In response to a push to shorten the primary calendar for candidates seeking the nomination in the 2016 presidential election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Wednesday he is proposing a March 1 primary for Georgia.

In January, the Republican National Committee voted to condense the primary calendar for the 2016 presidential election.

Under the newly passed rules, the traditional four early voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — will cast ballots in February 2016. To protect the important role of these states in the nominating process, harsh sanctions will be levied against states that choose to hold early primaries or caucuses before March 2016.

Kemp has reached out to other Southeastern states to join Georgia and hold their presidential preference primary first, March 1, 2016, and is proposing a plan to ensure that the voice of the Southeast is heard loud and clear at the ballot box.

If scheduled and implemented, Republicans and Democrats in the Southeast will have a real voice in the nominating process. The region has experienced a major increase in population in recent years and this should be reflected in the presidential preference primary process.

So far, Kemp said he has received positive feedback to his proposition from party leaders in Georgia and secretaries of state in the Southeast. He discussed his proposal with attendees at the National Association of Secretaries of State Winter Conference in Washington last week.

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