I strongly favor moving the primary back to September. In 1992, the last time
we had the primary in September, we had a respectable 51% turnout. When the
primary's in June, we only get around 15% turnout, sometimes a little more,
sometimes a little less. I'd also favor having all the candidates of both
parties on the ballot. Then the top two candidates, regardless of party, will
then square off in the general election.
September doesn't work any more. In the land of the MOVE act which provides
our service men and women more time to vote and the Vote By Mail, September
leaves no time.The two options are Mid July or early August. Both
could work. The 2nd week of August is almost too late as the vote isn't
certified until the end of August, leaving only September to run before people
start voting by mail in October. You really want to have two
democratic candidates on the ballot for the fall. Some choice. Or two
Republicans. That is not going to go over well.
The State Republican Central committee didn't make the change some wanted
on Saturday.They couldn't have, as the single proposal was something
already voted down at the convention. What was proposed was a bad message bill.
The myriad of changes and improvement that the state republican party is willing
to make, just don't happen to match the demands of Count My Vote / Buy My
Vote. Since that was voted again, the next proposed changes will be real. We
want 250,000 to come to the neighborhood elections in 2014 and 500,000 in 2016.
We want the meeting to remain a meeting.