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Monday, September 08, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Reform the caucus system

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

David Yepsen has a good column in Sunday's Des Moines Register urging
Iowa's political parties to improve the caucus system. He reasons that
Iowa is less likely to retain its first-in-the-nation status if our
state parties do not correct some of the flaws in the caucus process.
I would go further and state that Iowa does not deserve to remain
first unless the parties make some changes in the caucus system.
Actually, if I were in charge of reforming the nominating process, I
would ban caucuses for the purposes of presidential selection. The
parties in Iowa will never adopt primaries, though, because of New
Hampshire's law stating that it must hold the first primary. ... Conduct
secret-ballot voting: Iowa Republicans already do this, but Democrats
have to stand in a group with other supporters of their candidate.


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