Midterms free of feared chaos as voting experts look to 2024, when Democrats will nominate their candidate for the White House
The election calendar is on hold this year with Tuesday’s primaries in Florida and Illinois. In the meantime, the Democratic National Committee has launched a new voter protection program that provides free voter registration forms to anyone who is a registered Democrat and wants to vote in a Democratic primary. “Many new voters are registering with the wrong party,” the DNC’s national press secretary, Xochitl Hinojosa, told NBC News. “But we have no choice. We have no choice.”
In a move to prevent potential voter fraud, several battleground states, including Virginia, have enacted “universal pre-registration,” which uses automatic registration for everyone under 18, regardless of party affiliation, in order to make sure that no young voters are disenfranchised.
On Wednesday, President Trump will be in North Carolina for a roundtable discussion about the country’s infrastructure. Meanwhile, the president’s senior adviser Jared Kushner, a Harvard Law and Middle East scholar, will be campaigning for Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready in Virginia, the third-ranking House office in the state.
Democratic officials say that with the exception of the first weekend in March, the election will be free of fear-mongering for the candidates. “We’re not going to have to tell people, ‘If you’ve ever been nervous about someone else voting, you need to be nervous about you,’” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in an interview with CBS News last week. “This election will be free of fear.”
In 2014, when President Barack Obama took office, he issued an executive order that set the rules for the next presidential primary and national election. The order created the current process for selecting a Democratic presidential nominee, which has been dubbed the “unity primary,” by limiting the number of candidates to two and stipulating that states may only hold a primary once in a four-year period.
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