According to an extension a panel of the Democratic National Committee authorized on Wednesday, New Hampshire and Georgia will have a little more time to enact significant changes to when and how they hold Democratic presidential primaries.
If election officials decide to have early primaries in 2024, they must reschedule Georgia’s and New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primaries from February 13 to February 20 by June 3.
If New Hampshire wants to continue being one of the first states in the nation to cast ballots for the Democratic presidential nominee, early voting must also be made more accessible.
South Carolina voters will choose the Democratic presidential nominees first, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Michigan, according to a DNC commission that rearranged the traditional caucus and primary calendar in December.
The plan would shift the earliest date away from the traditionally first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, but New Hampshire would continue to play an early role and vote just a week after South Carolina.
Gop State Leaders Were Against
After a 25-0 virtual vote on Wednesday, the Rules & Bylaws Committee approved the extension, giving New Hampshire and Georgia more time after the Jan. 5 deadline to finish primary election changes. Republican state politicians, though, continue to reject the changes.
Because the Republican governor and the state legislature have failed to cooperate with Democrats to change state legislation, New Hampshire Democrats are pleading with the committee to get in touch with them.
Joanne Dowdell, a panelist from New Hampshire, stated, “I want to make very clear about one thing—we share the presidents and the RBC’s commitment to amplifying the voices of Black, Latino, and Hispanic voters. And we believe we can advance other viewpoints while keeping New Hampshire at the forefront. Both options exist.
Our goal with the early primary window, Dowdell added, “shouldn’t just be to tell the story of one state or a particular group of people, but rather it should be to convey the broader story of our party—both our beliefs and our capacity to appeal to voters all over the country.
Due to the new early primary rules, she claimed that New Hampshire Democrats were in a “no-win position.”
If they don’t change, New Hampshire and Georgia must have their Democratic primary elections for president within the usual period from the first Tuesday in March to the second Tuesday in June.
If the state runs its primary elections outside of that window without the waiver, it might lose half of its delegates and be prohibited from hosting Democratic presidential candidates.
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Disappointment With New Hampshire
Some members of the Rules and Bylaws Committee voiced anger at the New Hampshire Democrats throughout the discussion, claiming that their outspoken remarks damaged the party.
The committee should “put up a calendar that symbolizes a 21st-century voting reality, as opposed to something that happened 100 years ago,” New York panelist Leah Daughtry suggested.
The panel’s decision to rearrange the states that are granted permission to hold early primaries caught New Hampshire Democrats off guard and Daughtry was “taken aback and very simply startled” by their reaction.
As an African American woman, Daughtry said, “Hanging their case on this 100-year-old privilege is extremely painful to me because this statute that they passed was passed even before Black people and women had the right to vote.”
The District of Columbia’s representative on the committee, Mo Elleithee, reminded New Hampshire about the second voting day. “This concept that New Hampshire is first in the nation is a bit of a fallacy, even as a veteran of several New Hampshire primaries,” he said.
Historically, New Hampshire has been behind Iowa in rankings. That’s what it does. Elleithee accepted that New Hampshire law mandates the first primary election and that Iowa is a caucus, but he disagreed with the distinction.
Let’s be serious, Elleithee said. It was regarded as the national competition that came in second. It is ranked second nationwide by our recommendation. The custom from New Hampshire has survived.
Vote in December
The DNC Rules & Bylaws panel removed South Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Iowa from the list of early primaries in December.
On February 6, South Carolina will cast their ballots first, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Michigan.
Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic candidate for president, modified. The updated primary calendar was opposed by Dowdell and Scott Brennan of Iowa, but it was approved by a nearly unanimous voice vote.
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Election officials in many states, including Iowa, have criticized the choice and stated that they will not make changes to the primary. Complicating matters are state laws that require voters in Iowa and New Hampshire to cast their ballots first.
At the meeting on Wednesday, Co-Chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee Minyon Moore stated that the committee was “committed to seeing” Biden’s central goal for 2024. Moore continued, “We want to ensure that the states have the time they require to complete this process.
According to her, the prerequisites for South Carolina, Nevada, and Michigan’s waiver were met. Georgia and New Hampshire are making progress.
We still want to see the president’s vision and ensure that the states have enough time to complete this process, even though there are several different reasons for this.