How Primary Elections Could Be Better

The U.S. would have five days of political primaries, each a week apart, starting the last week of March. The first primary day would consist of the 10 states with the smallest voting population; the rest would increase upward until the fifth week when the largest voting states would hold their primaries in the final week of April. Then there would be a month of campaigning before nominating conventions in May.

The campaigning would be compressed into a shorter cycle that would make it easier for people to follow, and something would actually HAPPEN regularly, rather than endless shots of candidates’ tour buses and baby kissing. The primary wins would actually be representative of the various states and we wouldn’t be unduly influenced by states that don’t really affect the election cycle.

But it isn’t up to me, so there you go.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Bil Browning

    This has to be the most lucid and rational post I’ve seen on this election cycle, Steph. I wish it were up to you!

  2. Steph Mineart

    Thanks. Of course, if it were REALLY up to me, the elections would also be held on Saturdays and people would get $100 off their taxes if the voted.

  3. Bil Browning

    The Saturday thing wouldn’t work for two reasons…
    #1 – Jewish Sabbath
    #2 – No liquor sales

  4. Steph Mineart

    I had forgotten about the Jewish Sabbath issue. Good Point. Instead, let’s make election day a national holiday and let everyone off work. Because, I’m in charge of these sorts of things in my fantasy.

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