Hoosiers now left in Dullsville for primary election
The Bible warns against envy, but God apparently isn’t a Hoosier.
Each and every night while watching the national news about which presidential candidate pulled in however-many delegates, we’re reminded that as Hoosiers we fall fairly low on the scale of importance on the national election scene.
We aren’t the last state to vote in the nation (that dubious honor falls on the shoulders of voters in Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota), but we’re certainly riding in the caboose.
Millions of Americans are afforded the opportunity to head to the polls seemingly every other week to have their say in the upcoming presidential nominations by choosing from a gaggle of candidates. By the time Indiana’s primary rolls around on May 6, things will likely have already been decided for us.
The 2008 presidential races began with the Iowa caucuses early last month as a field of 15 hopefuls slugged it out. In Indiana, we’ll be lucky to pick from a fourth of that amount.
With no political drama, it’s no wonder voters participating in the primary statewide in the past six elections peaked at just 30 percent in 1996 and dipped as low as 19 percent in 2006.
The national media spotlighted what it referred to as Super Tuesday, Super Duper Tuesday and even Tsunami Tuesday as 24 states held their primaries, giving the winners ‘ and losers ‘ of the day a huge leg up on their nomination bids.
Here in Indiana, we’re left with Dullsville.
We want our vote to go to our candidate, not a candidate someone hundreds of miles away chose for us. The best candidate in Iowa, New Hampshire, California, Florida or Nevada may not be the best candidate for Indiana.
Heck, the best candidate for Hoosiers may not even be around by the time we go to the polls.
So what’s the answer? One idea being kicked around is a rotating setup of regional primaries.
Under a plan being promoted by the National Association of Secretaries of State, 48 states would be divided into four regional groupings, with Iowa and New Hampshire keeping their lead spots in the presidential election process.
Under the system proposed by the NASS, Indiana would be grouped with Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Primaries and caucuses in each state of a region would be held on or just after the first Tuesday in March, April, May or June of presidential election years (but states wouldn’t be required to hold their elections on the same day).
A lottery of sorts would be held to decide which region had the opportunity to kick things off, but no region would be allowed to have first dibs in two consecutive elections.
When the second Tuesday in May rolls around, Hoosiers should be getting geared up for the Indianapolis 500. It shouldn’t be a time when we are selecting the leader of the free world.