Snyder signs law setting March 8, 2016, for primary

Associated Press

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation scheduling Michigan’s presidential primary for March 8, 2016.

The law puts Michigan in line with Republican National Committee rules that allow only four states to hold a primary or caucus before March without penalties.

Michigan Republicans had a February primary in 2012 and were penalized half their delegates to the national convention.

Another bill signed by Snyder Friday moves Michigan’s regular February election to the second Tuesday in March in years when there’s a presidential primary.

Snyder says the legislation ensures people “can exercise their right to vote” while ensuring local governments incur no extra costs to administer the primary, which is expected to cost $10 million.

Democrats haven’t decided whether to join the primary or hold a caucus like they have previously.