First the Three Single-State Primaries:

January 3: Oregon (with 7 electoral college votes)



January 10: Florida (27 electoral votes)



January 17: Colorado (9 electoral votes)



Then the Regional Primaries Begin:


January 31: Great Plains Primaries (45 electoral votes)




February 14: Mountain West Primaries (35 electoral votes)
(These primaries actually represent 28 electoral votes this year,
as the region would be without Oregon this year, which drew the
first single-state primary in this election cycle's lottery)


February 28: Great Lakes Primaries (48 electoral votes)




March 13: California Primary (55 electoral votes)




March 27: Southeast Primaries (57 electoral votes)
(Actually only 30 electoral votes this year, as Florida drew the
second single-state primary)


April 10: Atlantic Coast Primaries (52 electoral votes)




April 24: New England Primaries (34 electoral votes)




May 8: South Central Primaries (56 electoral votes)




May 22: Mid-Atlantic Primaries (67 electoral votes)




June 5: Southwest Primaries (34 electoral votes)
(this year 25 electoral college votes, as Colorado drew the
third single-state primary)


June 19: East Central Primaries (55 electoral votes)




This proposed schedule would end slightly later than the current 3
June date of the last primary, but it would still be in plenty of time for
the late August or early September conventions.
Timothy D. Kailing, the author of this proposal, is the
principal at Elliptical Research. His other quixotic
effort is as an advocate for the benefits of early
literacy in children; in this effort he is the author of the
book
Native Reading: How to Teach Your Child to
Read, Easily and Naturally, Before the Age of Three.
An Example of a Fair Primary Schedule for 2012 Presidential Race:
Remarks:
• This is, of course, just a representative example of one of an extremely large number of possible orders
that the lottery system would generate. It serves to give a concrete example of what a fair primary would
look like. In examining a concrete example, however, one must not forget that the essential point is that,
in a
subsequent election cycle, the states selected for the three initial single-state primaries and the  
ordering of the regional primaries would be completely different (see the
main description page for details
of how the lottery ordering would work).

• I give the electoral college votes that the primaries represent to give a general sense of the relative
importance of the various regions. What the primaries and caucuses actually apportion are delegates to
the party conventions, of course.

• The proposed regions are comparable in electoral college votes (range 34-67), with consideration given
to contiguity, historical association (e.g., New England is kept intact), absolute geographic area
represented (to reduce travel times for candidates and media), and size balance within regions (e.g.,
Hawaii was not paired with California, as the size of the latter would make it a struggle for the former to
compete for candidate and media attention).
Copyright © 2008 Timothy D. Kailing