Re: [OVC-discuss] question about hand-heldstatisticaldevices in the field

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Dec 22 2007 - 10:51:59 CST

Oh yeah, I drew [1] a color coded map of the US showing the 5 regions I chose. See attached

Alan D.

[1] using this utility

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  From: Alan Dechert
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  Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 10:12 PM
  Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] question about hand-heldstatisticaldevices in the field

  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 primary).

  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 region).

  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 states.

  Alan D.

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