House Endorses New Primary Election Date

Carol Daniel

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House Elections Committee endorses legislation that moves Missouri’s primary elections to June from the current first month in August in even-numbered years.

The bill would take effect in 2016, meaning the primary date in that year would be June 21, instead of Aug. 9.

The bill’s sponsor says earlier primaries would give candidates more time to compete for November’s general election. But some House members argue that lawmakers would have to campaign more aggressively during the legislative session, which runs through mid-May.

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