Washington (CNN) – The first votes cast in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would take place in February 2016, according to a draft proposal under consideration by the Democratic National Committee.
The proposed nominating calendar would have the Iowa caucuses take place on February 1, New Hampshire primary on February 9, Nevada caucuses on February 20 and the South Carolina primary on February 27, according to the proposal provided to CNN by a source, who asked not to be named. All other states would have to wait until March 1 to hold a caucus or primary.
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The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting Friday and Saturday in Washington to consider these dates and several other rules and procedures that will govern how the Democratic Party chooses its presidential nominee. The Rules committee could decide Friday to change the dates of the nominating calendar, which, once approved will be voted on by the full DNC membership later this year.
National Democrats and Republicans decision to allow Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina to be the first states to vote in the presidential nominating process has been controversial and drawn resentment from party leaders in some states who see this carve out as an unfair exemption for these four states.
The DNC would not comment on the proposal.