- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously to move the state’s primary in presidential election years to the last Tuesday in April.

The Senate voted 47-0 for the bill Thursday. It now goes to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill is pending.

Under current law, Maryland’s primary would be on the first Tuesday in April 2016. However, that means an early voting day would have been on Easter Sunday.

The Senate decided to push the primary to the last Tuesday in April to align Maryland with other states in the area to create a regional primary.

The Baltimore City municipal primary and the general elections will coincide with the presidential primary and general elections in 2016. They have traditionally been held in the year after the gubernatorial election.

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