Legislators vote to move primaries to March

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – A bill headed to Governor Pat McCrory’s desk will place all state primary elections on March 15, 2016.

On Thursday, the two chamber gave their final approval. The deal adds seats for governor, council of state, U.S. senate, general assembly, and judgeships to the march ballot.

The candidate filing period would begin December 1st. The final word on which presidential candidates make the primary ballot will come in early January.

Below is a schedule of how measures will move if all 2016 primaries are moved to March 15th:

– Dec. 1, 2015: candidate filing period begins.

– Dec. 16: deadline for political parties to submit presidential candidate list for primary ballot.

– Dec. 21: candidate filing period ends.

– Jan 5, 2016: State Board of Elections meets to finalize presidential candidates for ballot.

– Jan. 25: absentee ballots ready.

– Feb. 19: deadline to register to vote in primary.

– March 3: early voting begins.

– March 12: early voting ends.

– March 15: primary date.

– May 3: second primary (runoff) held, if necessary, if no federal races are involved.

– May 24: second primary held, if necessary, if federal race is involved.

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