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February 24, 2013

HOWEY: Moving up Indiana’s primary election

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ANDERSON —

Former governor and U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh agreed. “We ought to find a way to work together to make sure our voices are heard more often than every four decades,” Bayh said. 

Indiana Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb also wants the conversation, and called Indiana “a piece of the puzzle” as the Republican National Committee eyes the 2016 schedule when it meets in Los Angeles this spring.

“Changing Indiana's primary date will require input beyond our Statehouse leaders,” said Holcomb. “It's a delicate balance between a desire to have a larger voice in the national debate and ensuring we meet all the applicable rules put forth by the RNC.”

There will be an array of proposals, including regional primaries that could have, for instance, an Indiana primary the same day as Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Indiana reverted to form in 2012, with major candidates and the nominees swooping in to raise money.

But the key reasons are still voter participation and money. The exercise is good for our citizens and good for our economy. And Indiana is more like the rest of America than Iowa or New Hampshire.

Let's have this conversation and be prepared to legislate change in 2014.

— Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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