The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Rules & Bylaws Committee (RBC) will meet (virtually) on Monday March 28 at 6 pm ET. The meeting will be livestreamed, presumably on the DNC’s YouTube page. Concerns have been raised about the current delegate selection process, which begins with the “pre-window” period Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, followed by Nevada and South Carolina. The remainder of the States and Territories have held their contests during the 1st Tuesday in March to 2nd Tuesday in June window. RBC will consider a process to address the delegate selection timing issues by holding three public listening sessions, allowing states who wish to move into the pre-window period to present proposals, and allowing up to five states to hold contests during the pre-window period. Criteria for selection could include diversity, competitiveness, and a fair, transparent, and inclusive process.
RBC will hold a number of meetings, some live, some virtual, between now and early August. The final Delegate Selection Rules and Convention Call must be presented to the full DNC for an approval vote in the “summer” meeting (August or September of 2022). The RBC will review the entirety of the rules, but the “pre-window” period will received more scrutiny than it has in the last three cycles.
As I mentioned in my last post, the last time the DNC took a hard look at the Delegate Selection Calendar was in 2005, with the Price-Herman Commission Report followed by RBC action, which added Nevada and South Carolina to the “pre-window” period, joining Iowa and New Hampshire. You can review that report (below).
Price-Herman Commission Report (2005) (492.8 KiB, 839 hits)