Interregional Primary Plan by Congressman Sandy Levin
The Interregional Primary Plan breaks the country up into 6 geographical regions. The primary schedule spreads across several months with a primary date on various Tuesdays between March and June. On each primary date, at least one state from each regions votes, such that varying views across America are represented on each election date. The country is also split into six sub-regions that vote together. The initial order of sub-regions is determined by a lottery that creates a rotating cycle for subsequent elections. In a 24-year cycle, every sub-region will have had an opportunity to lead off the primary schedule.

Levin’s plan would break down the country into six regions, with six-sub regions. The schedule is as follows:

-- Second Tuesday in March
-- First Tuesday in April
-- Fourth Tuesday in April
-- Second Tuesday in May
-- Fourth Tuesday in May
-- Second Tuesday in June

The regions and sub-regions would be broken down in the following:

Region 1: (A) Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont; (B) Massachusetts; (C) Connecticut, Rhode Island; (D) Delaware, New Jersey; (E) New York; (F) Pennsylvania

Region 2: (A) Maryland; (B) West Virginia; (C) Missouri; (D) Indiana; (E) Kentucky; (F) Tennessee

Region 3: (A) Ohio; (B) Illinois; (C) Michigan; (D) Wisconsin; (E) Iowa; (F) Minnesota

Region 4: (A) Texas; (B) Louisiana; (C) Arkansas, Oklahoma; (D) Colorado; (E) Kansas, Nebraska; (F) Arizona, New Mexico

Region 5: (A) Virginia; (B) North Carolina; (C) South Carolina; (D) Florida; (E) Georgia; (F) Mississippi, Alabama

Region 6: (A) California; (B) Washington; (C) Oregon; (D) Idaho, Nevada, Utah; (E) Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming; (F) Hawaii, Alaska

October 31st 2007
N.H., Iowa Keep the Candidates' Attention
Washington Post

An article showing that campaign spending in the traditional early primary states "has helped debunk the notion that an increasingly front-loaded primary calendar would diminish the influence of New Hampshire and Iowa."

October 30th 2007
Vote Early, Count Often
The New York Times

Jonathan Soros offers a new innovative proposal on presidential nomination reform.

October 25th 2007
Primary Season Has Already Passed Us By
Washington Post

In a look at the absurdities of the presidential primary schedule, Marc Fisher highlights the FairVote-backed American Plan as a solution.

September 26th 2007
Raucous system seems immune to change
San Francisco Chronicle

FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell and members of the Fix the Primaries coalition shed light on the "mess of a presidential nominating system."

September 6th 2007
A perpetual campaign
Rocky Mountain News

Another in the growing tidal wave of editorials backing reform to the presidential primary process.

September 2nd 2007
The Primary Problem
The New York Times

An editorial call to fix the primaries system, with a particular nod to the FairVote-backed American Plan.

August 26th 2007
Leapfrogging toward a presidential nominee
the Portland Press Herald

Imagine "It's a Wonderful Life" interrupted by negative campaign ads, and you get a sense of what we're in for if the primary states continue to fight to be first.

August 26th 2007
Primary jockeying puts uncertainty in election landscape
San Diego Union Tribune

With the 2008 presidential election year just months away, states continue elbowing each other to get their primaries or caucuses closer to the front of the nomination line.

August 24th 2007
Christmas politics?
Bradenton Herald

A Florida paper adds to the growing choir of discontent over chaos of the presidential primary system.

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