The Changing Presidential Nominations Process • Nomination process is the process by which we determine which delegates represent the states at the national convention • Old-style conventions o Formerly chosen by caucuses- meetings of state party officials o Delegates free to vote for whomever they wanted to o Convention was where the action was, lots of wheeling and dealing • New process o McGovern-Fraser commission 1971, issued new rules for the convention which forced states to change rules Events had to be open to rank-and-file members of the parties Meeting had to be held in well publicized place and convenient time, no discrimination Delegates now bound and tied to a particular candidate as a result of the new system o Caucus vs. primary Caucus- a convention, no longer simply party insiders, all are allowed to attend, a meeting in which people vote with their bodies to determine the delegates for the next level, usually local-> state-> national Negotiating process at every level, deals, speeches, etc. Turnout very low because it takes a long time and requires talking
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