(WIAT) — Alabama is joining other states in what’s been dubbed the SEC primary for the 2016 election.
The change of date makes Alabama a big destination for candidates campaigning for president this upcoming year.
The governor held a ceremonial bill signing this morning. The new law shifts Alabama’s primary to March 1, making it one of the first states to hold a primary next year.
Other states joining in the “SEC” primary include Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia.
Secretary of state John Merrill says this will make the South an important player in picking presidential candidates next year.
“We’ve had contact with several people that are running for the republican presidential nomination and two candidates that have indicated their interest in the democratic nomination. Because we want everybody to come here because we want all of our citizens to meet as many candidates as they possibly can.
Secretary Merrill hopes that having all these candidates swing through the south will boost voter registration and turnout next year.
The SEC presidential primary will take place on March 1, 2016.
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