primary_billRALEIGH—The NC House has approved a bill that would once again move North Carolina’s 2016 presidential primary.

Two years ago, lawmakers moved the primary from May to February so that North Carolina voters would get a chance to cast a ballot before the major party nominees are decided by other states. However national parties have rules for who may have the early primaries, and have threatened sanctions to states that don’t follow the rules.

This bill moves North Carolina’s presidential primary to March.

“This keeps us moved forward enough to be relevant in the process but moves us back a couple of weeks to make sure that we can be as relevant as we can be,” said Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican.

Senate leaders have been more hesitant to make the presidential primary change. This bill now goes to that chamber for consideration.