New Republican Primary Structure: The Ohio Plan

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CQ has an interesting story…

The 14 smallest states and six U.S. territories “pod” would always vote first, but no earlier than the third week of February in presidential election years.

The other three pods — comprising nine, 16 and seven states — would rotate their voting positions every four years. The ordering of the pods for the 2012 election would be determined by lottery; the pod that voted before the other two rotating pods would move to the end of the line in 2016 and the other two pods would move up one position.

A rotating system would enable each grouping of states to have a chance to wield substantial clout in the presidential selection process.

Finally, somebody is talking some sense about the dysfunctional primary systems on both sides. Of course, this is a Republican plan, but it would make sense for the Dems too.

Here are how the states and territories are organized:

Small States and Territories: Alaska, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Northern Mariana Islands

Rotating Pod X: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Utah, and Washington

Rotating Pod Y: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Rotating Pod Z: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

Obviously this is going to have a TON of opposition, not the least of which will come from states like Iowa and New Hampshire. They covet their first-in-the-nation status and it’s doubtful they’ll agree to ANY of this. Still, if the rest of the states put pressure on them it would be hard to stay put.

In any event, here’s the PDF of the plan. Check it out.