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Why Primacaucus?


Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont vote this Tuesday. Texas has some of the most confusing voting rules in the entire country — you can actually vote twice in one day! Some people call Texas’ system the “Texas Two Step.” Others are calling it a primacaucus — a hybrid of a primary and caucus.

Whatever you want to call it, watch the video to figure out how it all works, then vote on Tuesday!

2 Responses to “Why Primacaucus?”

  1. Lukeness Says:

    I think you are falling into a facile meme with your comments about the Texas delegate selection process and how complicated it is. For instance, you mention how large their delegate selection plan is (37 pages). Did you know that other states with seemingly simpler primary-only processes have fairly long plans as well? California’s is 30 pages, New York’s is 32 pages, and Massachusetts’ is 41 pages long. Colorado, with a caucus and no primary, has a 52 page plan.

    In order to ensure fairness, representation, legality, and integrity, these selection plans must be thorough and complete, and in order to cover processes that usually include several other steps besides the big, media-attention grabbing primary or caucus (or both), these plans are by necessity fairly lengthy. To use the length of the Texas plan to somehow indicate that the Texas system is ridiculous and complicated, is specious in my opinion.

    When making statements like this, you should do some comparing and find out whether it’s an outlier or not. It looks to me, after 5 minutes googling some state parties, that Texas’ plan is not remarkable. The only thing that is remarkable is the dual nature for the rank and file voters/caucus goers.

  2. captainzap71 Says:

    Please note the difference in percentage of participation of registered voters in primaries vs. caucuses. This information is shocking! For instance, in Washington State, where I live, the participation of registered voters in the caucus was only 1.2 %, while the turnout was 33% in the primary. Unfortunately, the democrat’s primary ballots don’t even count since all delegates were decided in the caucus a couple of weeks prior. This shows the enormous amount disenfranchised voters! How sad is this.

    My husband and I participated in the caucus and walked away feeling like we had just experienced a train wreck… it was a literal nightmare! The caucus itself was disorganized, confusing and extremely chaotic.

    I checked out participation of other state’s caucuses on the CNN website and found the following percentage of registered voters who attended their caucuses: Alaska – 2.5%, Iowa – 5.9%, Kansas – 3.4%, Maine – .8%, Nevada – 5.26%. The average caucus participation nationwide is 4.03% (I haven’t had the chance to tally every primary & caucus yet). The average participation in primaries is 31.1%. AND most reporting shows that this is the highest turnout ever. What an embarrassment to our voting system and an insult to the intelligence of our state’s voters. Millions of eligible voters in caucus states throughout the U.S. are restrictively denied their constitutional right and unable to cast their vote because of physical disabilities, work schedule conflicts and geographic and/or transportation related issues, not to mention the fear factor of having to confront the emotional conflict inherent in the caucus system. It should be the unrestricted privilege of eligible voters in our country to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the privacy of a voting booth or by absentee ballot in the comfort of their home or care facility… without pressure or duress!

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