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What A Michigan Primary Would Look Like

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Via the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Democrats are still trying to figure out how they'd finance a new vote, which they figure would cost around $10 million. But if they do find the money, here's how it would probably work, according to state party chairman Mark Brewer:

Brewer said if there were a do-over, it most likely would be a
party-run primary, but one in which he'd have to plan for a huge
turnout. Like a caucus, a primary would have sites around the state for
people to cast their votes, but unlike an Iowa-style caucus, it would
not involve people separating into groups for their candidates after
hours of debate.

Voters would cast paper ballots just as they
would in a primary and the sites would be open for long hours; there
also would be absentee and Internet balloting. The big difference would
be that the party, not the secretary of state, would run the election.

And
pay for it: Brewer said he'd expect turnout to hit 2.5 million --
compared with about 600,000 in January, when Clinton was the only major
candidate on the Democratic ballot. He said he'd need to pay for
probably 1,000 sites across the state, whereas the typical party-run
primary might involve a couple of hundred sites. ...

Brewer
said if the party held an election, anyone who voted in the state-run
Republican primary could not participate. Independents and Republicans
who didn't vote in the GOP primary could declare to take part. Ballots
would be public.

As a Michigan voter, that all sounds good to me. Where do I vote? And when?

--Jonathan Cohn 

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