From Jack Perry of the Projo’s 7-to-7 newsblog…
Governor Carcieri has vetoed a bill moving Rhode Island’s presidential primary from March 4 to Feb. 5.
The governor said a change in the date would “create an excessive burden on local boards of canvassers.”
He vetoed the bill yesterday and announced it today.
Here are the important dates that supporters of all of the candidates need to be aware of, courtesy of Dave Talan’s unofficial analysis
- Wednesday December 5 to Friday December 7 – Presidential candidates file to run in R.I.
- Tuesday December 6 to Wednesday December 26 – Presidential candidates gather 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters; and turn them in to the local Board of Canvassers of the City or Town where the signer lives.
- Monday January 7 to Wednesday January 9 – Candidates for Delegate to the GOP National Convention file to run in R.I.
- Tuesday January 8 to Friday January 18 – Delegate candidates gather 150 valid signatures of registered voters in their Congressional District; and turn them in to the local Board of Canvassers of the City or Town where the signer lives.
- Thursday January 31 – last day for Delegate candidates to receive permission from the Presidential candidate of their choice, to appear on the ballot under him on the R.I. Primary ballot.