Re: question about hand-heldstatisticaldevices in the field

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Dec 22 2007 - 00:12:18 CST

On 12/21/07, Jerry Depew <> wrote:

> Alan's plan sounds a lot like the "America Plan" advocated by
> linked here:
> and described here (small states first, escalating to bigger states every
> two weeks):

Jerry, thanks for pointing that out. I'm not claiming much in the way of
originality here. I've heard something of several proposals, but I've never
really studied any of them. Tom Gangale, author of the America Plan, is a
pretty good friend going back around 10 years. FairVote is generally a
friend of OVC (see Rob Richie's endorsement on the OVC site). So, I guess I
should be talking with them about this, too. Unless I'm missing something,
The America Plan is based on state size -- nothing about regions. I think
there is something to be said for balancing regional representation in the
primary system.

Also, I don't think the territories vote for US president, so I don't
understand why they are mentioned there.

I agree with Doug's point about "too many primaries," and I think five would
be a better number. Here's a few refinements to what I wrote earlier.

Here are five regions of ten states each (include DC with MD).... not
perfect but may be good enough for now.

1 PA
2 OH
3 VA
4 WV
5 NC
6 SC
7 WI
8 IN
9 KY
10 MI

North East
1 ME
2 VT
3 NH
4 NY
5 MA
6 CT
7 RI
8 NJ
9 DE
10 MD

1 AL
2 MS
3 LA
4 TX
5 AR
6 NM
7 FL
8 OK
9 GA
10 TN

1 AK
2 HI
3 CA
4 NV
5 OR
6 WA
7 UT
8 AZ
9 MT
10 ID

1 IL
2 ND
3 SD
4 WY
5 NE
6 KS
7 CO
8 IA
9 MO
10 MN
1) Make the first primary with one state from each region. These would be
randomly selected from the smallest four states in each region. This gives
us a small number of small test states.

2) The second primary would have two states from each region randomly
selected from seven smallest states (not including the one from the first

3) The third and fourth primary would have two states from each region
randomly selected from all the remaining states.

4) The fifth primary would include all the remaining states (three from each

This is a simpler escalation formula. Start small and end big. 5, 10, 10,
10, 15 states in the 5 primaries. Even though the third primary involves
the same number of states as the second, the number of voters involved would
be increased because the third primary will include some of the larger

Alan D.

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