A U.S. district judge has ordered changes in Georgia’s federal election calendar starting in 2014, moving up the state’s primary by a month and essentially extending the campaign period for runoffs.
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A federal judge has ordered Georgia to move up key dates in its federal elections calendar to give residents and military personnel overseas enough time to return absentee ballots by Election Day. State elections were unaltered. The new dates are:
March 17-21 — Qualifying period for candidates seeking federal offices.
April 19 — Deadline to transmit overseas ballots for the federal primary election.
June 3 — Federal primary election.
June 21 — Deadline to transmit overseas ballots for a federal primary runoff election.
Aug. 5 — Federal primary runoff election.
Sept. 20 — Deadline to transmit overseas ballots for the federal general election.
Nov. 4 — Federal general election.
Nov. 22 — Deadline to transmit overseas ballots for the federal general runoff election.
Jan. 6, 2015 — Federal general runoff election.