- Iowa could lose its place as the nation’s first Democratic primary in the nation’s primary election.
- A new DNC plan, adopted Wednesday, will require states to apply for early voting competitions.
- The DNC nomination calendar is expected to be finalized in July.
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Iowa has long been the first state in the United States to run for president, but that may soon change for Democrats after members of the Democratic National Committee approved a new plan Wednesday.
The plan, approved by the DNC Rules and Regulations Committee, includes removing waivers from early voting competitions in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, and will require states wishing to hold early competitions to apply, according to the De Mine.
The resolution says states will be selected according to criteria that include diversity, competitiveness in general elections and the feasibility of holding early primary elections. Up to five states will be elected, and preference will not be given to states that have previously held early primary elections.
Mo Elite, a member of the rules and regulations committee, said on Wednesday that “the countries of the group” and “states that do not offer any form of diversity” will be difficult to sell to me, “The Register reported.
“Iowa will absolutely apply to be at the beginning of the window, and we look forward to presenting our arguments,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn said in a statement to Insider.
Wilburne added: “The Iowa Democratic Party will also engage with a wide range of stakeholders across Iowa to explore significant changes in the caucus that would make them clearer, more transparent and more accessible, addressing concerns raised by some members of the Iowa Committee. the rules and statutes of the DNC expressed “
States must apply for early voting competitions by June 3rd. DNC is expected to finalize the nomination calendar in July.
A similar proposal was considered by DNC last month, Grace Panetta and Kayla Epstein of Insider said.
Iowa is the first presidential election with its 1972 caucus system, which makes the state extremely important in selecting nominees. Technical problems at the Iowa meeting in 2020 drew attention again to the unusual nomination system and helped fuel recent calls to shake the nomination calendar.
DNC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.