Ritchie On Primaries

This year’s presidential primary contests are not finished, but states’ top election officials already are talking about how to improve the process in 2012.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today took part in a Harvard University discussion with other secretaries of state on whether nationwide changes are needed when it comes to selecting presidential candidates. They discussed this year’s presidential primaries and alternative ways to nominate presidential candidates.

Given those were the topics, it may be no surprise Ritchie supported a plan by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and others to create a regional primary system allowing states in each of four geographic regions to rotate hosting the first slate of primaries and caucuses.

"Minnesotans recognize the need for an improved process for selecting presidential candidates," Ritchie said. "This system must be fixed or every couple of years there will be a rush to the head of the line by states attempting to affect the outcome of the nomination. We must find a solution based on fairness."