President Joe Biden wants to move South Carolina to be the first state to hold the Democratic presidential primary in 2024. He argues that moving the state to the front of the nominating calendar will help Democrats get more diverse voters involved in the process and will help the party better reflect the nation’s demographics.
Biden’s proposal will go before the full Democratic National Committee, which is expected to vote on it early next year. The changes would also likely be approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.
In a letter to Democrats, Biden praised the change and urged the DNC to revisit the calendar every four years. He also said that the party would lose delegates if it does not abide by the rules. He also pointed to the benefits of the early voting schedule, which allows minority voters to vote early in order to participate.
Biden’s proposal would move Iowa out of the way and allow New Hampshire and Nevada to jointly vote one week after South Carolina. Iowa has been first in the nominating process since 1972, while New Hampshire has led on the primary calendar since 1920.
Biden’s proposal was approved by the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. The committee was looking for a way to improve the election administration and diversity of the general election. A majority of the committee approved the move.
The committee is also looking at allowing five states to apply for carve-out status as early states, as opposed to four. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee outlined the criteria, which included the presence of primaries in the state, demographic diversity, and an effective election administration.