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Is a National Primary a Good Idea?

Is a National Primary a Good Idea?

As the race to the GOP presidential nomination drags on with no end in sight, some activists have called for the electoral process to be changed to a national primary system, in which the entire country would vote for a party nominee on a single day. This demand is not newsome 125 national primary bills have been put in front of Congress since Rep. Richard Hobson first introduced the measure in 1911.

Proponents of a national primary argue that the current staggered system of primaries and caucuses give the early statesIowa, New Hampshire, and othersoverwhelming importance and influence while the later states are all but ignored. However, opponents argue that creation of a national primary would create more problems than it would solve.

Is a national primary a good idea? Here is the Debate Club's take:


The Arguments

#1
40 Pts
Tough Primary Battles Forge More Resilient Nominees

No – Tough Primary Battles Forge More Resilient Nominees

Terry Shumaker Former United States Ambassador and Democratic National Committee Member

#2
19 Pts
One Person, One Vote Should Come First

Yes – One Person, One Vote Should Come First

Rob Richie Executive Director of FairVote

#3
11 Pts
We Need to Re-imagine Our Democracy

Yes – We Need to Re-imagine Our Democracy

Ileana Wachtel National Press Secretary for Americans Elect

#4
9 Pts
A National Primary Wouldn't Work

No – A National Primary Wouldn't Work

Beth Chapman Alabama Secretary of State

#5
1 Pts
The Current Primary System Promotes Deliberation

No – The Current Primary System Promotes Deliberation

John C. Fortier Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center


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