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Fla. Legislature May Change Date of 2012 Primary

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 2:  Floridians wait in line to cast their ballots November 2, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Americans from across the country voted in mid-term elections. (Photo by Robert Sullivan/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 2: Floridians wait in line to cast their ballots November 2, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Americans from across the country voted in mid-term elections. (Photo by Robert Sullivan/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are considering whether to change the date of the August primary election again.

A Senate panel next week will take up a bill that would push back the date from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21.

Last year the Florida Legislature changed the date of the primary election so it did not conflict with the Republican National Convention being held in Tampa. The convention will start Aug. 27.

Florida’s political calendar could be thrown into disarray if there are widespread legal challenges to new Congressional and legislative districts. The Legislature moved up its 2012 session to January so it can deal with the once-a-decade job of redistricting.

A change in the primary date would also change the date of when candidates can qualify for the ballot.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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