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Although the killing of a citizen of the United States of America in an unprofessional gut reaction manner being far more important than Iowa caucuses I shall return to the matter of politics.  Be certain, I adamantly believe the killing of Lavoy Finicum in Oregon should be at the very forefront of every presidential candidate’s campaign.

Yet, I offer an alternative to our current political system of selecting presidential candidates.  The systemic change could in fact alter the convenient ignorance of candidates to these far more relevant issues.

I propose that for presidential elections in every state hold a nominating election (commonly referred to as a primary) on the same day.  The date is not exceptionally important, however, I would suggest that date be in mid to late March of the election year.

For convenience of this article let’s choose Tuesday March 22, 2016 for a national primary day.  How would it function?

Every state would hold a primary beginning at 8:01 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time) March 22, 2016 and conclude at 8:00 AM the following day.   Hence the following schedule:

Time Zone Start & End Time Date Start Date End
EST 8:00 AM 3/22/2016 3/23/2016
CST 7:00 AM 4/22/2016 3/23/2016
MST 6:00 AM 5/22/2016 3/23/2016
PST 5:00 AM 6/22/2016 3/23/2016
AKST 4:00 AM 7/22/2016 3/23/2016
HAST 3:00 AM 8/22/2016 3/23/2016
  • EST – Eastern Time Zone
  • CST – Central Time Zone
  • MST – Mountain Standard Time Zone
  • PST – Pacific Standard Time Zone
  • AKST – Alaska Standard Time Zone
  • HAST – Hawaiian Aleutian Standard Time Zone

This would allow for every primary election to start and end at precisely the same time, during a 24 hour period.  This would satisfy the Republican Party’s fixation with “getting the candidate selection over quickly.”  It would also alleviate the media’s obsession with predicting outcomes.

As further adaptations to the process, no state should fund any primary, whereas they are exclusively party events and not public functions.

Additionally Party conventions should be held no later than June 1st, allowing all candidates ample time to campaign through November over ideas and policies rather than simply personalities.

The current process serves one singularly most important purpose and that is money making for parties, media, and candidates; none of which are of essential public value.  This practical solution eliminates that least important aspect of presidential elections.

Some will cry that this places candidates at a disadvantage.  I simply say “so!”  Presidential elections should not be about candidate advantages, but rather about public merit.

Other arguments against this proposal are that it precludes some people from being able to vote.  That is simply nonsense.  The vast number of people voting early do so to avoid driving to the polling place, not because of necessity.  Where real handicaps exist, in a significantly minor number of cases, states could enact rules that would allow for absentee balloting for cause rather than simply convenience.  The 24 hour primary cycle would allow abundant time for most willing voters to get to a ballot box.  Republican/democracy is not intended to be convenient, only just.

The likely most important aspect of this plan is that it gives the public the best opportunity to evaluate candidates.  How so?  Candidates would be required to isolate their message to the broad interests of the nation rather the the manipulative regional targeting we see in all federal elections today.

Lastly, the US Citizenry has grown alarmingly weary of the public pandering of candidates.  They want to see stature and relevance.  Candidates and elected officials have successfully diminished voting to the equivalent of washing behind one’s ears.  All the manipulations to convince people to vote uninformed, combined with making voting too easy has a negative effect.  Voting has very little relevance because ease of access has belittled the value of it.  What people have to work, at least a little for, they value and take more seriously.  We have lost that as a nation.

That Is The Way I See It.

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