Back in August I wrote this post about fixing the primary system. After reading the round up I thought there might be some interest in talking about it.
Here's my solution for 2012 and beyond. However, part of it starts now.
– Iowa and New Hampshire go in mid-January.
– The remaining states are split into four groups of 12, with a geographic distribution so that each region of the nation has 3 representative states in each group.
– Then, the second Tuesday of February, March, April and May one group has a primary.
– This primary rotates every four years, so that the group that goes last one year goes first the next.
(ex. Year 1: 1234 Year 2: 4123 Year 3: 3412 Year 4: 2341)
– The initial order would be determined by overall eligible voter turnout percentage in the GENERAL election of 2008 for the group. The group of states with the top turnout goes first in 2012, with the group coming in second going 4th so they get to go first in 2016.
– Finally, in 2024, after everybody has had the chance to go first, the order is redrawn based on the voter turnout percentage over the last four elections (2012-24), and the process begins again.
It really isn't that hard, and I would think the parties and states could come to some kind of agreement before their conventions in August 2008.