- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill moving up the state primary to May 20.

The move was expected after a federal judge’s ruling last year changed Georgia’s federal primary date to allow for more time for military and overseas ballots in runoff situations.

Now both the state and federal primaries will happen on the same day, saving the state the costs of running separate elections. Deal said Tuesday the decision was the “best move for voters’ time and taxpayers’ money.”

Under the changes, any runoff would be scheduled for July 22. In addition, the bill sets candidate qualifying for March 3 through March 7.

It also requires candidates to file a new campaign finance report on March 31 in election years.

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