If you love going door to door in Mid-July heat on behalf of candidates, you better make sure your candidate is in a runoff. A federal judge today has agreed to move Georgia’s primary even earlier than originally set, as Jim Galloway reports:
A federal judge has formally moved the date of Georgia’s federal primaries to May 20 – another step in the process of making the 2014 election calendar the earliest in state history.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones had earlier ordered that primaries for congressional offices – including the all-important U.S. Senate contest – be held on June 3, to allow for enough time for overseas ballots for an Aug. 6 runoff to be sent to (and received from) military personnel oversees and other expats.
As Galloway also notes, it will take an act of the General Assembly to move the primaries for state offices, but that is a virtual certainty. Counties will not want to bear the expense of running two election cycles.
Also noting is the expected carping from the “conservative” wing of the conservative party. These are the people that will ask you not to remember that they wanted T-SPLOST and all other tax referendums to be held in November when the greatest number of voters are present, but want to have party nominees chosen by the fewest.