Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Changing the Electorate to Regional Primaries?

CNN recently reported an interesting story on there might be a move for the NEXT general election to move to a REGIONAL primary system instead of the state based approach that exists today. Three US senators are proposing a regional rotating primary which wouldn't put such emphasis on two states, NH and Iowa, and would prevent the show down that states like Michigan and Florida are putting up against both of the Parties to move up their primary date.

The NH, Iowa system has been something that has become a part of our electorate and really allows candidates to give a grassroots feel for themselves giving voters a good opportunity to meet, hear and understand the community. I have been working very closely in NH and have many friends working for campaigns in both states, and the political culture is deep rooted in both unlike most of the rest of the country.

USINPAC has setup grassroots field operations up there and with nearly 10,000 Indian Americans, some local leaders come out to say that we are a force to be reckoned with. The true focus should be more at the national level on all candidates by the media and the press which typically gives unrestricted access to the candidates that help and benefit them the most. Although I understand when critics say NH and Iowa have to much access, I don't think that people in many other states would actually care the way locals in these two states do. I think this may be a good debate and discussion, and will hopefully in turn get more people involved in the political process.



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