Associated Press - June 15, 2010 12:45 PM ET
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's decision to hold its primary election earlier is affecting the campaigns of independent candidates who want to run in the November general election.
Under the bill that moved this year's primary to Aug. 24 from Sept. 14, candidates who want to run as independents now have to file petitions with the Secretary of State's office by this Thursday.
In prior years, independents could wait until after the primary was over to file as candidates in the general election.
Democrat Daniel Freilich, who's challenging U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in the primary, has filed to run as an independent in the Nov. 2 general election as well. He says it was wrong for the state to change the filing requirements for independents.
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