Throughout the Commission’s meetings and hearings, there have been two critical concerns about the current nominating calendar: frontloading and diversity.
Addressing these two challenges is critical to our party, our future nominees and our ability to motivate our supporters and attract additional voters. All of us want to resolve these concerns with an approach that will utilize our resources and build on our strengths to achieve electoral success in 2008 and beyond.
Throughout the life of this Commission,
However, we have become alarmed at recent press reports about the possible direction this Commission may take in drafting its final report. We are concerned that the problem of frontloading could be exacerbated – making the process narrower and less democratic – with devastating consequences for the swing states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Any primary calendar that leads off with new caucuses at
the font of the calendar and before the
There is a better alternative – a compromise that adds
diversity and decreases frontloading. At the October 1 Commission meeting,
New Hampshire offered a compromise proposal that was distributed as a scenario
outline to Commissioners at the meeting (a complete version of the proposal is
attached). This proposal would add early diversity and decrease frontloading by
scheduling one or two new contests in a prominent position at the front
of the presidential nominating calendar, between the
The proposals being discussed in the press have the dangerous potential of making any problems with the Party’s nominating calendar worse, just to move other states early. We appreciate your consideration of the attached alternative proposal and look forward to discussing it in more detail with you.
NH Democratic Party Chair