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Fix The Primaries represents a bipartisan group of reformers who recognize that our presidential nomination process is breaking down. We believe Congress and the parties should act immediately to create a bipartisan commission to examine far-reaching reform options.

The Interregional Plan

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Summary

The Interregional Primary Plan, introduced by Rep. Sander Levin, breaks the country up into 6 geographical regions. The primary schedule spreads across several months with a primary date on various Tuesdays between March and June. On each primary date, at least one state from each regions votes, such that varying views across America are represented on each election date. The country is also split into six sub-regions that vote together. The initial order of sub-regions is determined by a lottery that creates a rotating cycle for subsequent elections. In a 24-year cycle, every sub-region will have had an opportunity to lead off the primary schedule.

How it Works

Levinís plan would break down the country into six regions, with six-sub regions. The schedule is as follows:

  • Second Tuesday in March
  • First Tuesday in April
  • Fourth Tuesday in April
  • Second Tuesday in May
  • Fourth Tuesday in May
  • Second Tuesday in June
  • The regions and sub-regions would be broken down in the following:

    Region 1: (A) Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont; (B) Massachusetts; (C) Connecticut, Rhode Island; (D) Delaware, New Jersey; (E) New York; (F) Pennsylvania

    Region 2: (A) Maryland; (B) West Virginia; (C) Missouri; (D) Indiana; (E) Kentucky; (F) Tennessee

    Region 3: (A) Ohio; (B) Illinois; (C) Michigan; (D) Wisconsin; (E) Iowa; (F) Minnesota

    Region 4: (A) Texas; (B) Louisiana; (C) Arkansas, Oklahoma; (D) Colorado; (E) Kansas, Nebraska; (F) Arizona, New Mexico

    Region 5: (A) Virginia; (B) North Carolina; (C) South Carolina; (D) Florida; (E) Georgia; (F) Mississippi, Alabama

    Region 6: (A) California; (B) Washington; (C) Oregon; (D) Idaho, Nevada, Utah; (E) Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming; (F) Hawaii, Alaska


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    Senator Bill Brock
    Former US Senator
    (R - Tennessee)
    Damian Carroll
    President
    San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
    David Phelps
    Executive Board Member
    California Democratic Party
    Rob Richie
    Executive Director
    FairVote
    Tom Sansonetti
    Former Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice
    Prof. Larry Sabato
    Center for Politics
    University of Virginia
    Tova Wang
    Vice President of Research
    Common Cause
    Professor Marilyn Dudley-Flores
    CEO, OPS-Alaska
    Sonoma State University
    California Democratic State Central Committee
    rr@fairvote.org
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