Primary Elections Study
Presidential Primary Election
READ YOUR BLUE INFORMATION BOOKLET ON PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN HAWAII AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING POINTS BEFORE ANSWERING THE CONSENSUS QUESTIONS:
- Consider the present system of choosing the candidate in Hawaii--precinct meetings, state convention, etc. Is it important for the political parties to control the selection process for their presidential candidates? Since all other candidate selection processes are open to the general electorate, is there any particular reason why the presidential nominees should be chosen differently?
- Consider the timing of the primary. It has to be held before the party conventions in July or August. If it is held too early, some candidates may drop out. If it is held too late, Hawaii won't make much of a difference if a candidate already appears to have been chosen by other primaries.
- Consider whether the presidential primary could be combined with the regular primary election. If this is done, the regular primary would have to be moved to early July. What effect would this have on the state races?
- Consider the cost. It would not be so costly if the two primaries were combined. It would also be less expensive if conducted by mail rather than held at the polls--about $750,000 to over a million dollars.
- Consider whether Hawaii's laws should be changes to allow for a closed system for the Presidential Primary only. (Don't dwell on whether Hawaii should have an open or closed primary system for any other election. Just focus on whether the Presidential Primary should be closed. Remember this study deals only with the Presidential Primary.) Be-cause of party rules, delegates may only be bound, and then, usually only on the first ballot, to a particular candidate if the primary is closed. Otherwise, the primary would only be an expression of popular opinion.
1. Should Hawaii have a Presidential Primary?
2. Would you support a Presidential Primary if were conducted by mail?
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