A change needs to be made in out primary system

As you may have heard, South Carolina is planning on moving its primary up from February 2nd to January 19th, a move that was made after Florida moved its primary up to January 29th. The actions of both of these states have may also effect the dates of the historical first primaries of Iowa and New Hampshire. Both of these states have requirements in their constitutions that dictate how many days apart they must be from holding their primaries.

From Politics1.com:

The South Carolina Republican Party has decided to advance the state’s primary to January 19. The move came in direct response to Florida’s recent advancement of their primary date to January 29 — which had previously been reserved exclusively for South Carolina. New Hampshire is certain to now select a date at least one week in advance of the South Carolina date. In a sign the SC move is being directly coordinated with NH officials, SC GOP Chair Katon Dawson will make the official announcement on Thursday in New Hampshire — and he’ll be joined by NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner. In the chain reaction, Iowa will ultimately select a caucus date ahead of NH’s primary date — a date which may possibly fall as early as a week before Christmas. Meanwhile, it is starting to appear the two major national parties are backing away from their vocal threats to punish Florida with a cut in delegates for breaking the officially sanctioned primary schedule by moving the primary of January 29. The DNC will later this month vote on a proposal to grant a one-state exemption for Florida to allow it to retain it’s full complement of convention delegates. On the GOP side, State Republican Chair Jim Greer said he plans to call the RNC’s sanctions bluff to cut the delegate tally in half. “I intend to take our full slate of delegates to the convention, and I will let the Republican National Committee tell them they can’t be seated,” said Greer.

I believe that this insanity harms the American voting system. In the race to be first, this hastens a very important decision that Americans need time and information to make.

That is why we need to create one primary day.

It would work just like Election, with the exception being the National Primary Day would be on the first Tuesday in May (I would be open to hold it a little earlier). I chose May because it would give the winning candidates 3-4 months until their party conventions. If their is no clear winner after this day, let it get sorted out in the conventions.

I really don’t care if New Hampshire or Iowa opposes this. This would give every state relevence in the primary season and would force candidates to not just wait back for a “big break” and go out and earn the vote of their party.

Until then, we will have to deal with the fact that we may know the two contenders for the White House a little earlier than expected…..like in February.


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