National GOP Presidential Primary
After this year\'s primary (2008), it became apparent that GOP voters are no longer in control of who represents the party. Discouragement sets in when a candidate who doesn\'t do well in a seemingly insignificant state drops out before another state\'s primary occurs. The purpose of this petition is to encourage the RNC to eliminate the need for multiple Primaries, and to create a one day National Presidential primary that will allow every registered Republican the opportunity to vote for the GOP candidate that best represents their beliefs before their candidate chooses to drop out of the race. The proposed rules for such a primary would be as follows: -A candidate may begin campaigning no sooner than 1 year prior to the day of the General Election; -The Primary shall be held the first Tuesday of the month of May of an election year; -Absentee ballots count; -Delegate votes count; -The primary Election would be held during the same 12 hour time period; independent of time zones. For example: o EDT voting will open at 12:00PM and close at 12:00AM; o CDT voting will open at 11:00AM and Close at 11:00PM; o MDT voting will open at 10:00AM and close at 10:00PM; o PDT voting will open at 9:00AM and Close at 9:00PM; o AKDT voting will open at 8:00AM and close at 8:00PM; and o HST voting will open at 6:00AM and close at 6:00PM This method of holding a primary would provide each candidate with an equal opportunity to campaign, would not allow the media the opportunity to influence the outcome, and the winner would represent the GOP in November. Also, If you would like to be a co-sponsor, please indicate so in the comments and include a link to your site and post a link on your site to the petition. Thank you.