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Primary date changes prompts RNC convention worry

Florida election supervisors are lukewarm if not bothered by the idea of the Legislature shifting the state's primary date from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21 -- particularly the Hillsborough County elections office.

Hillborough Supervisor Earl Lennard worries the proposed date will cause hang-ups because of the security measures necessary for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, said lobbyist Ron Labasky for the state's supervisor of elections.

"Much of the downtown area is going to be shut down from ...  homeland security and all the other things that go into the convention being secure," Labasky told a Senate panel Wednesday. "All the workers that come and voters that vote there are clearly going to have to be redirected if this is a complete shutdown of the areas."

In a survey of election supervisors, seven counties support the change, 22 oppose it, 31 were neutral, and 6 did not responed, Labasky said

But the uncertain timeline for resolving new lawmaker districts makes the change intriguing.

"I think this makes perfect sense in light of redistricting and the fact there are no lines and people havne’t decided where they can live and where they can run," said Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice.


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