I mentioned in my short post yesterday that Michigan was moving their primary up to January 12, 2008. At first, I didn’t think that it would force many changes to the priamry schedule, because it was not before Iowa or New Hampshire, and was not a Southern state, allowing S.C. to keep it’s current date of January 19. Unfortunately, I forgot about spacing requirements, which are, apparently, mandatd by Iowa and New Hampshire law. The new schedule may force Iowa into December after all. An explanation from www.electromneyin2008.com:
New Hampshire would likely have their primary on January 8 if this happens, which I’m sure they’re happy to do. Iowa law requires at least 7 days before the New Hampshire primary…so that takes us to New Years Day! And since Iowa usually does their caucus on a Saturday, we’d be looking at Dec. 29.
Iowa does not want to move into December, but it does not look like they have a choice. Unless IA or NH changes their state laws, we are going to be starting the voting in 2007, Electing the President in 2008, and watching him(her) take office in 2009.