The evaluation, to be conducted by the members of the party's Rules and Bylaws Committee, will focus on reforms made ahead of last year's nomination process like increasing participation, caucus arrangements, and the role "superdelegates" play at the convention. It marks the first step in the years-long process to change any nomination rules ahead of the next presidential election.
A "Unity Resolution" passed during the DNC convention last summer mandated the review process to be completed by March 31, 2021, but it was ultimately delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The review will include "maximum engagement with the public and all stakeholders," according to a DNC official, and there will be a process "for interested parties to share their thoughts and ideas online that will begin this spring." The committee will hold two virtual meetings "over the coming months" that will be open to the public.
The public meetings represent the first opportunity to begin reviewing the nomination process, even though "this process does not include the writing and implementation of rules for the next presidential nominating process, which, as has been the case in every cycle, will not be done until the following year after a new RBC is in place," according to a DNC official.
The meetings open the door to potentially greater limits to caucuses and further reductions of power of "superdelegates" beyond the reforms made ahead of 2020.
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