Quinn Expected to OK Primary Election Move

Bill would return state's primary election to third Tuesday in March

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Mar 11, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 PM CDT
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Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday received a bill that would push Illinois' primary election back to March.

He's expected to sign it.

Four years ago, lawmakers moved the state's primary election in an effort to give then-Sen. Barack Obama an early win in a big state during the 2008 presidential campaign.  But last month's election saw voter turnout reach an all-time low.

Critics also claim the February primary was too close to the holidays and didn't provide enough time for voters to get to know the candidates.

The state Senate approved the bill on Feb. 24.  With Quinn's signature, Illinois' primary would be held on the third Tuesday of March.

The governor's spokeswoman said Quinn "looks forward to signing it."

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