As if it wasn’t bad enough with these states arguing with the DNC and RNC over when to have their primaries. Every state’s response should be, “I’m paying for it so fuck off!” But why should we taxpayers have to even pay for these primary elections? It gets even worse now that the national committees (at least the Reps) are using “right of association” to determine who can run under their name. Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party WTF!! So the state has to toady to a private organization and run what is basically a vote for an endorsement? Will the state also pay for an election to see who my teachers’ union will endorse? (Nevermind, we always endorse the Democrat).
Now those of us that want to start our own political party (any dissatisfied Republicans want to form a new Bull-Moose Party?) know that at the state level, political parties are legal entities and yes (as an Electoral College supporter) a presidential election is really a state election; so I can see an argument of states having jurisdiction over partisan primaries to control the number of candidates for the general election - but I don’t think state-run partisan primaries are the way to go. Everyone should be eligible for the state primary and the top two vote getters run in the general. What’s that RNC and DNC? You only want one person representing your party? Fine! Figure out a way to determine who you want to endorse USING YOUR MONEY AND RESOURCES and get back to us.