A plan to move Florida's (nonpresidential) 2012 primary
Among the nutty features of Florida's 2012 political calendar -- a presidential primary while legislators start their session early for redistricting, the potential loss of GOP delegates, the uncertain timing for new districts getting drawn, etc. -- is one we only just noticed: Florida's regular primary is schedule for Aug. 28 -- smack in the middle of the Republican National convention in Tampa. It could be a big distraction to Florida Republicans, particularly given the high-profile U.S. Senate primary.
But GOP Chairman Dave Bitner tells the Buzz the party is aware of the overlap and will likely move the primary to Sept. 4. "I think that primary will be after the convention," Bitner said.
The Secretary of State's office also is taking a look at the implications of the primary overlapping with the convention: "Right now, we are evaluating what impacts it could have on the Greater Tampa Bay area and determining how we can ensure the integrity and accessibility of the election is not impacted by it,'' said spokesman Chris Cate. "Every election year has scenarios that must be accounted for during the planning stage. As always, the Secretary will be in close communication with all of the state’s Supervisors of Elections to ensure every event, planned or unplanned, is accounted for and that every Floridian wishing to cast a ballot is able to do so."