Aug 7, 2010

Republican Party Partially Adopts Proportional Representation in Allocation of Presidential Delegates

From Ballot Access News:

On August 6, the Republican National Committee changed the party’s bylaws on presidential primaries.  The author of the plan had worked with Democratic Party officials, so that the  two major parties now agree on the timing of presidential primaries and caucuses.  This makes it very likely that state legislatures next year will pass bills, making the changes desired by both major parties.

Both parties agree that four particular states, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, are the only ones that can hold caucuses or primaries earlier than March 1. . . . Republicans also passed a rule that only affects the Republican Party.  States that hold caucuses or presidential primaries in March must assign use proportional representation to allocate delegates.  Thus, if a presidential candidate polls 22% of the vote cast in a March presidential primary, he or she will be awarded 22% of the state’s delegates.
It ain't much, but it's something.  

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