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(CNN) – With memories of a 2008 primary season that almost began before Christmas and lasted into the summer, Democratic party officials are proposing delaying the start of the 2012 presidential nominating primaries.
The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee has formally suggested Iowa and New Hampshire hold their nominating contests in early February of 2012 - a month later than the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary and Iowa Caucuses were held in 2008.
Specifically the committee is proposing the Iowa Caucuses be held on February 6, 2012 and the New Hampshire Primary on February 14. Nominating contests in Nevada and South Carolina would then occur at the end of Febuary, before the rest of the states are permitted to hold their primaries or caucues on March 6 or later.
In 2008, the Iowa Caucuses were held on January 3 with the New Hampshire primary taking place five days later on January 8.
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Democrats are also seeking to reign in the influence of superdelegates – party officials with a vote at the convention who are free to back any candidate they choose. The influence of superdelegates came under heavy criticism during the divisive battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008.
The committee is proposing limiting the proportion of superdelegates at the convention to 15 percent of the total number of delegates, down from 20 percent in 2008. The committee is also suggesting super delegates make clear who they are supporting well before the convention.
In a statement Saturday, DNC Chairmain Tim Kaine called the suggestions "significant improvements.
"These new provisions represent an important step towards increasing grassroots activists' involvement in our presidential nominating process," he said. "They guarantee that Democratic primary voters and caucus participants will have a larger voice in the nomination of our Party's presidential candidate, while at the same time respecting the important role that party leaders play in our nominating and political processes. Perhaps most importantly, the new rules open up the nominating process to even greater participation. "
The recommendations will be voted on by the full DNC membership at the committee's August meeting in St. Louis.