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Democrats delay decision on primary order until after 2022 vote


FILE – The Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington is seen, June 14, 2016. On Saturday, July 30, 2022, the Democratic Party delayed a decision on whether to rearrange its primary timeline for the 2024 presidential election until after the November midterm elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


The Democratic Party on Saturday postponed a decision on whether to rearrange its primary schedule for the 2024 presidential election until after November’s midterm elections.

The Democratic National Committee’s rules committee had planned to decide in meetings in Washington starting next week whether to recommend that presidential voting continue to begin with Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s amid calls from some party leaders and activists that more diverse states, including current No. 3 and No. 4, Nevada and South Carolina, should move forward.

The committee was also considering adding an early fifth primary contest before “Super Tuesday” when large numbers of states traditionally vote.

But rules committee co-chairs Jim Roosevelt Jr. and Minyon Moore wrote in a memo to members that “after speaking with many of you over the past few weeks about the final stages of this process, it has become clear that the best way to move forward with the final stage of this process is to defer the committee’s decision on the pre-wicket rule until after the midterm elections.

The committee will still meet beginning Friday, but does not expect to make a decision until Election Day, Nov. 8, meaning the main schedule decision will not affect the main congressional races. Iowa and New Hampshire had argued that the possibility of losing their first and second positions could hurt Democrats in the states’ top races, especially since the Republican Party has already said Iowa will continue to lead. its 2024 primaries.

“After the midterm elections, we will meet again to update our assessment of the candidate pool and work towards a final decision to present to the full DNC for a vote, which the DNC leadership told us. assured that they would realize as soon as possible after the midterm elections,” wrote Roosevelt and Moore, adding that “we will continue to work with the candidates in the coming weeks to work out the final details.”

Sixteen states and Puerto Rico made submissions before the committee to be the first — or at least among the top five — before the rules committee earlier this summer. The party considers factors such as diversity, electoral competitiveness and logistical feasibility in making its decision.

This means that examining the racial and ethnic composition of states, union membership rates, and their size in terms of population and geography can affect opportunities for direct voter engagement and travel and transportation costs. advertising.