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Published February 16, 2010, 09:47 AM

Minn. Senate OKs Moving Up Primary Election

The Minnesota Senate gave a preliminary stamp of approval Monday to move the state's primary election up one month.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate gave a preliminary

stamp of approval Monday to move the state's primary election up

one month.

The legislation would move the primary up to Aug. 10 from Sept.

14 to bring the state in compliance with federal law. Lawmakers

hope to give military and overseas voters enough time to get their

absentee ballots in.

The Senate moved the bill toward final passage with a voice

vote.

Democratic Sen. Terri Bonoff of Minnetonka says the legislation

needs to be passed quickly so local and state election officials

can prepare.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has shown support for the bill in order to

meet federal requirements.

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