Earlier Primary Bill Debated 01 Mar 13

A Minnesota House committee is hearing a bill that would shift Minnesota’s primary election from August to June. The bipartisan bill was getting a hearing in the House Elections Committee Thursday. Supporters of shifting the primary two months earlier say it would give winning primary candidates more time to prepare for the general election, instead of staying focused on an internal party contest until just a few months before the election. They also say turnout has been light in recent August primary because many people vacation that month and are not tuned in to politics. The bill has also been introduced in the Senate but has not had a hearing there. Governor Dayton supports a June primary too.