new Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa also had early primaryes

This post was written by marc on May 29, 2008
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

As it turns out it wasn’t just Florida and Michigan who had early primaries and violated DNC rules. Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina also had primaries earlier than DNC rule 11 allowed. However the Democratic Party decided only to enforce the rules against 2 of the 5 states that violated them. So why is it that the Democratic Party can arbitrarily punish 2 states and decide to let 3 other states ignore the rule? I think the Democrats are manipulating the outcome of the election and that they are not thinking about wining the general election where Florida and Michigan do count.

Reference Rule 11:

11. TIMING OF THE DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
A. No meetings, caucuses, conventions or primaries which constitute the first determining stage in the presidential nomination process (the date of the primary in primary states, and the date of the first tier caucus in caucus states) may be held prior to the first Tuesday in February or after the second Tuesday in June in the calendar year of the national convention. Provided, however, that the Iowa precinct caucuses may be held no earlier than 22 days before the first Tuesday in February; that the Nevada first-tier caucuses may be held no earlier than 17 days before the first Tuesday in February; that the New Hampshire primary may be held no earlier than 14 days before the first Tuesday in February; and that the South Carolina primary may be held no earlier than 7 days before the first Tuesday in February. In no instance may a state which scheduled delegate selection procedures on or between the first Tuesday in February and the second Tuesday in June 1984 move out of compliance with the provisions of this rule.

From TalkLeft

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/5/28/164638/636

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