2459Re: [prezveepsenator] Lawmakers look to revolutionize primary plan
- Jul 31 10:55 PMAnything to loosen the strangle hold of big money...
It sounds interesting to me.
--- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
> Lawmakers look to revolutionize primary plan
> By Sam Youngman
> July 31, 2007
> Three senators one Republican, one Democrat and
> Independent are proposing a plan that would
> revolutionize the nations presidential primary
> Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Amy Klobuchar
> (D-Minn.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced
> Tuesday they are proposing legislation that would
> institute a new primary structure that divides the
> country into four regions, with each regions states
> voting in a different month.
> The Regional Presidential Primary and Caucus Act,
> which would take effect in the 2012 elections, is a
> result of this years rush by states to the front of
> the line, with big states like California, New York
> and New Jersey moving to Feb. 5 and Florida jumping
> Jan. 29.
> A document outlining the plan that was obtained by
> Hill said it would encourage the greatest number of
> good candidates to enter the race, allow voters an
> opportunity to hear all candidates ideas [and]
> more Americans a chance to cast a meaningful vote.
> The proposal calls for a rotating schedule of the
> regions, while still protecting the traditional
> first states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
> The states would be divided into the East (Region
> South (II), Midwest (III) and West (IV) regions.
> A lottery would be held to determine which region
> votes first on the first Tuesday or within six days
> the first Tuesday in March. The other regions would
> follow in numerical order in April, May and June.
> Whichever region goes first in 2012 would go to the
> back of the line in 2016.
> One office said the plan is based on the Rotating
> Regional Presidential Primaries Plan first adopted
> the National Association of Secretaries of State in
> The senators pushing for the new plan said it was
> developed in response to the crowded front end of
> 2008 primary season. According to them, next year,
> states have scheduled their primaries or caucuses
> before March 1. In 2004, there were only 19, and in
> 2000, there were 11.
> On Feb. 5, 2008, 18 or more states will hold their
> caucuses or primaries, leading many to believe the
> partys nominees will be known long before the
> campaign season begins.
> Under this schedule, the primary contests in both
> major parties could be over by March 1st nearly 6
> months before the nominating conventions, the
> document reads.
> Aside from garnering more Senate support, the bill
> also raises a number of other questions.
> Most primaries are set by state law, seen most
> recently in Florida, where the state legislature
> ignored the bylaws of the Republican and Democratic
> national committees and made its primary Jan. 29 by
> In some states the parties set the date and host the
> elections and are responsible for the cost of the
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