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Last updated on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Secretary of State Todd Rokita has reported back from a conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State in the nation’s capital, where the main topic of discussion was rotating regional primaries.
Hoosier voters have been upset over the fact that Indiana's primary is so late in the game that presidential nominees may very will be decided by the time they get here, making the voicing of Hoosier support at the ballot box in May merely a formality in the national race.
This year is even worse for Indiana, as the consistent unpopularity of president George W. Bush, combined with the desire for other states to raise their hand earlier nationwide, has caused a number of states to move their primary up to earlier dates, some moved so early, like Michigan and Florida, that the political parties assessed penalties to their delegation in order to discourage the move.
The National Association of Secretaries of State plans to file a report endorsing the regional primary system, which would allow all states to have more of a say in the process, without resorting to 4 or 5 primaries before a huge primary, followed by another series of onesie-twosies.
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