Nominating processes need standard
FROM: BOB SCOFIELD KENNEDYVILLE
The 2016 nomination process for the two major party candidates has had many twists, turns and surprises. But one thing that has become abundantly clear is that the process used by each party to nominate their candidate is deeply flawed — even “rigged” as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are alleging.
The political party in each state — not the state government or the national party organization — sets its own rules, so we end up with many different ways of handling the process of electing each state’s delegates to the party conventions.
Preliminary election versus caucus, open versus closed, proportional versus winner-take-all, different filing deadlines and requirements, super delegates versus no super delegates, electors committed to vote for the candidate that won the state only for one ballot, etc. What a confused nightmare.
We need each party to develop one selection process that is used consistently in each state. Perhaps then voters would have more faith in the process.