Okla. Bill Would Change Date Of Primaries, Filing Period

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's primary elections would be moved from July to June, and its filing period for candidates would be moved to April under a bill approved in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate on Tuesday approved the measure, dubbed the "Let the Troops Vote Act." Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the changes were needed to comply with federal legislation that requires more time for soldiers stationed overseas to fill out and return absentee ballots.

The bill shifts the date of primary elections from the last Tuesday in July to the last Tuesday in June. It also moves the three-day filing period for would-be officeholders to declare their candidacy from the first week in June to the first week of April.