2014 federal primary will be held earlier than ever in Ga.

(WTVM) - Major new developments are in store for elections in Georgia.

A federal judge has ordered the earliest ever federal primary for 2014. Primaries are usually held in July, but they will now be conducted on May 20. The ruling is the result of a federal lawsuit on behalf of military personnel and others overseas who were not afforded at least 45 days to process absentee ballots for primary runoffs.

So now, those runoffs will be held on July 22. The state has yet to indicate whether or not state and local primaries will be moved up as well. Key state leaders say it's likely they will.

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