The Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted in favor of a primary calendar shake-up on Tuesday, which would move the traditional first-in-the-nation Iowa and New Hampshire primaries back to later dates in the 2024 presidential election.
The proposal, which was part of a plan put forth by President Joe Biden, would add South Carolina to the list of early voting states, angering New Hampshire and Iowa officials.
The DNC voted to approve the calendar, which would move Iowa and New Hampshire back to dates in March, while South Carolina would be the first primary contest in February. The plan also includes a rotating regional primary system, which would rotate between the four major regions of the country.
The plan still needs to be approved by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, which is expected to happen later this month. If approved, the changes would go into effect for the 2024 primary cycle.
The changes have been met with criticism from Iowa and New Hampshire officials, who argue that their states should retain their first-in-the-nation status. However, the DNC argues that the changes are necessary to make the primary process more inclusive and representative of the entire country.
“The calendar changes approved today will make the presidential nominating process more equitable and accessible to voters across the country,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that all communities have a voice in the selection of our party’s nominee.”
The changes will likely be a major talking point in the upcoming presidential election, as the 2024 primary calendar will be the first to be impacted by the new rules.