Gov. Signs Bill to Move Up California Primary

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

California residents could find themselves playing a greater role in the next presidential election, with the governor signing a bill by a Bell Gardens legislator that moves the state’s primary

elections to early March.

Dubbed the Prime Time Primary Act, the legislation by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, moves California’s primary elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. That means the next presidential primary election will be held March 3, 2020.

“The Prime Time Primary puts California voters in the front seat in choosing our next president and will change our elections for the better,” Lara said.

Backers of the return to an earlier vote said the state’s June primary effectively diluted the state’s national impact on the presidential nominations process, even though California has 19.4 million registered voters, more than any other state.

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