Democratic National Committee officials have begun notifying key national and state party members that the decision on which states will go first in the party’s 2024 nominating process has been delayed until midterm, according to a report. source close to the process.
The DNC committee that manages the calendar was due to vote on the issue next week after hearing submissions from 16 states and Puerto Rico, who want to be part of the first presidential nominating contests in 2024.
The familiar source said the decision to delay the vote was made due to a host of outstanding issues, including how each election would be administered and the feasibility of each primary day.
The source added that Democrats want to make sure the focus remains on the midterms and not the 2024 nominating process.
DNC officials told interested parties that the committee would take the vote as soon as they could after the midterms.
A DNC official declined to comment.
On Sunday, a Democratic agent provided CNN with the memo distributed to state officials regarding the delay in the DNC’s decision.
“After speaking with many of you over the past few weeks about the final stages of this process, it has become clear that the best way to move forward with the final stage of this process is to postpone the decision. of the committee on the pre-window to govern until after the midterm elections,” the memo reads.
He continues, “After the midterm elections, we will meet again to update our assessment of the candidate pool and work towards a final decision to present to the full DNC for a vote, which the leadership of the DNC assured us that it would make it happen as soon after the midterm elections as possible.
Earlier this year, Democratic Party officials approved a plan that requires any state that wants to hold a nominating contest by the first Tuesday in March — including the traditional top four from Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and of South Carolina – to ask for a permit.
Last month Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico , South Carolina, Texas and Washington made presentations to the rules and regulations committee explaining why they should be among the first states to hold presidential nominating contests in the upcoming presidential election.
At the time of the presentations, the focus was mostly on Iowa, which was proposing dramatic changes to its convoluted system as it seeks to maintain its “first in the nation” status in the face of criticism of the caucus process and lack of of State. of diversity and competitiveness at the presidential level.
Given that the Democratic Party aims for every region of the country to be represented among the first group of states and that the positions of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are generally considered safe, we expect that there is fierce competition among other Midwestern states. be the alternative to Iowa.
Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois are vying for the spot, but all three bids have their own potential issues.
During the presentations, the Iowa proposal called for several simplifications of the caucus process.