Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Move California Primary Elections to March Beginning in 2020

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing, China on June 8, 2017. (Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing, China on June 8, 2017. (Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Backing an effort for California to claim a bigger share of the attention from presidential candidates, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill moving the state’s primary elections to early March.

Brown’s decision to sign the bill, announced without fanfare on Wednesday, means the state will hold its presidential primary on March 3, 2020.

“We need to have greater influence at the national level,” said state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the author of the bill to move the primary away from its scheduled date in June.

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