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Why should Iowa always get to go first?



If you have a sibling, you know you can’t always be first. You can’t always call shotgun while your brother or sister always have to take out the trash. You have to share. Unless you are Iowa. The state of Iowa has for decades laid claim to being the first in the nation to vote for President. Traditionally, Iowa holds its caucus, followed by the New Hampshire primary. In fact, it is written in state law that Iowa has to be first to vote, and if another state moves up its vote, Iowa will move its even earlier. Iowa is proud of its first-in-the-nation status as it puts a spotlight on the state and ensures all the candidates and the media will descend upon the Hawkeye state. But not everyone is happy about that. The Democratic National Committee is reportedly considering letting another state go first. That is in part because Iowa’s population isn’t the most diverse and doesn’t properly reflect the makeup of typical voters. But also, Iowa bungled the tabulation process in the last election, and it took several weeks to count the votes. It is time to let some other, more diverse, state cast their ballots first. Like siblings, Iowa needs to learn how to share.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Chip DeNure

    March 15, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Iowa has no major league baseball team, no NBA team, no NFL team…so let them have the first vote. And to #$@# with diversity.

  2. Kent Porter

    March 15, 2022 at 9:27 am

    As I See It , STOP BEING A LITTLE 1ST GRADER ,!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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