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New primary date bogs down in Wis. Assembly

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill that would move Wisconsin's fall primary back by a month has bogged down in the state Assembly.

The current primary is the second Tuesday in September. The state Senate earlier this year passed a bill that would move it to the second Tuesday in August to comply with a federal mandate that states get ballots to overseas and military voters at least 45 days before a federal election.

Assembly Republicans took up the Senate bill Tuesday, but tweaked the language. Democrats used a procedural move to delay a vote that would have sent the bill back to the Senate.

The earliest the Assembly can vote on the bill is next week. The Senate and Assembly must approve the same bill before it can go to the governor.

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