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The Presidential Primary System: How Well Does it Serve American Democracy?

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2012 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

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This year’s rollercoaster primary season raises many questions: Is primary voter turnout too low? Why do some states use party caucuses and can we count the voters accurately? Should we all vote on one day or in regional primaries? Just two days after Super Tuesday, BPC examined these questions and more in an analysis of the pros and cons of the current presidential primary system. The panel highlighted the release of a new report on 2012 primary turnout by Curtis Gans, the nation’s leading expert on voter turnout.

Introduction by

Jason Grumet
President, BPC


Curtis Gans
Former Director, Center for the Study of the American Electorate, American University

David Norcross
Former General Counsel, Republican National Committee (RNC)

Jay Cost
Staff Writer, The Weekly Standard

John Fortier
Director, BPC Democracy Project


CNN: As GOP fight continues, turnout numbers lag

USA Today: GOP primary turnout lower in eight states

U.S. News and World Report: Panel Says Long, Tough Campaign Will Help, Not Hurt Mitt Romney

National Journal: GOP Primary Turnout Down from 2008, 2000

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