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Many states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and Texas have consistently complained in the past that the presidential nominees have all but been decided by the time the traditional March primaries come around every 4 years. To address that problem, while at the same time putting Texas and its electoral in a prime position to have a louder voice in nominating the presidential candidates of both parties, this bill would move all Primary Elections from March to the first Tuesday in February. Read & Follow the Bill
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Many states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and Texas have consistently complained in the past that the presidential nominees have all but been decided by the time the traditional March primaries come around every 4 years. To address that problem, while at the same time putting Texas and its electoral in a prime position to have a louder voice in nominating the presidential candidates of both parties, this bill would move all Primary Elections from March to the first Tuesday in February. For 2012, that date would be Tuesday, February 7, and for every year thereafter, it would just be the first Tuesday of February. HB 318 would put Texas right in the center of the presidential election game, while at the same time boost its economic strength as it would force presidential candidates to spend more money in our state. Instead of using Texas simply to raise money to run their campaigns in other states, candidates would be forced to invest more of their dollars in Texas.

HB 318 would allow Texas to have more influence as to the choice of nominees for president from both parties will be during the November elections. For too long, much smaller states like Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire have received more press attention than Texas because their primaries are first, and they have been criticized for being small states that are much less representative and socially diverse of the overall U.S. population as a whole. Those states should not serve as a presidential candidate's first test or gauge of national electability, especially when you consider the fact that Texas has the second most Republican delegates and the third most Democratic delegates to their respective national conventions. However, as it is right now with our March primaries, the last few presidential elections have been all but decided by the time Texas' primary elections take place. Thus, the party nomination is predetermined by states with only a fraction of Texas' delegate total. Texas is one of the most diverse states in the country, yet its opportunity to be part of the national political debate is lost because we have our primaries later in March, rather than in February. In short, this forward move to a February primary would not only give us more clout politically and economically in the nomination process, it would also encourage stronger voter participation among those Texans who are typically disillusioned by the media and polls that predetermine our national presidential candidates when they come to Texas.

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(Travis County) February 17, 2011, 10:59 am report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on House Elections (2/15/11)
citizenswamp
(Hardin County) February 14, 2011, 3:13 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
florida has already changed the date of their primary. this is a trend among large states, but misses the bigger issue of the role corporate cash and media play in our election cycle.
 
 
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