However, declaring a state eligible for an early primary slot and making it so are two different things. Complying with the new calendar is an easy hurdle for South Carolina and Nevada, as state party leadership sets the primary date in South Carolina and Nevada’s primary date complies with current state law. Michigan must also change its date, but Democrats are expected to move forward easily with a bill since they now control the state legislature. All three states have submitted letters to this effect to the DNC in recent days.
But it’s more complicated for New Hampshire and Georgia, which have Republican-controlled state legislatures.
In a letter handed in Thursday morning, New Hampshire Democrats asked the DNC to “rethink the requirements,” which they argue should reflect the reality of their position: A state law requires them to be in the country. It is required to hold its primary a week before any other state. And the Republican-controlled legislature and governor’s mansion won’t budge from changing its date or its current voter access laws.
Right now, the DNC wants New Hampshire to hold its primary on the same day as Nevada, four days after the South Carolina primary. State Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley said in an interview with Politico, “It would run against New Hampshire law”.
“We have nothing to punish us for something about which we can only hurt ourselves.” Buckley said. “It is my hope that after further thought and discussion they will consider creating a plan that not only raises the voices of black people … but also recognizes the state law of New Hampshire.”
Meanwhile, New Hampshire Republicans on Wednesday introduced new legislation to strengthen the state’s first-in-the-nation status, including a constitutional amendment, because “our historic tradition has been under attack by those who may be more likely than their own.” want to reproduce it for political gain.” , State Sen. Regina Birdsell saidA New Hampshire Republican.
“We will respond aggressively to anyone who tries, such as the DNC, or anyone who tries to take it away from us,” Birdsell said.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, echoed that commitment, Any attempt to change this is termed “dead on arrival”.
Should New Hampshire Democrats ultimately hold their primary on a date that is not supported by the DNC, they could face a range of potential sanctions, including automatically losing half their delegates. Candidates campaigning in a state outside the prescribed order can also be punished. The DNC last year gave broad authority to the national party chair to take any other “appropriate steps” to implement the new opening window.
“If they choose to impose any level of sanctions, obviously, we will deal with anything that relates specifically to us,” Buckley said.
Democrats face serious obstacles to changing the first date in Georgia as well. Georgia’s secretary of state’s office previously ruled out splitting the Democratic and Republican primaries into two dates, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said, citing the cost to taxpayers.
Fuchs said any changes “have to be the same for both political parties”.
The Republican National Committee, for its part, voted to maintain its current early-state lineup: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and then Nevada. According to RNC rules, any states that go outside that order will also face sanctions.
A Georgia operative involved in the calendar process said, “If you want to make this work, you have to talk to Republicans.” “Not a single Republican is saying, ‘I want to take on this challenge.'”
In the move to add Georgia, the operative said, Democrats “gave no ground on this, no bipartisan buy-in.” Instead, “he astounded everyone.”
The calendar approved in February may not necessarily go beyond 2024. Several members of the DNC have privately noted that a review process is already in place to reconsider the 2028 lineup by 2026, meaning that “this is a calendar for 2024, but not necessarily for 2028.” said a rules and bye-laws committee member.
“There will be a new RBC committee, new DNC leadership, and we hope we can appeal to them,” Buckley said when asked about 2024 setting a precedent for future cycles. “I certainly think that many of the candidates who will be running, or considering running in 2028, will have a clear voice as well.”
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