Today I heard that the 64 endorsing convention starts at noon and has to end at 6:30. Normally, the starting convention business takes two hours. Senate District 64 always goes to sub-caucusing for delegates, which takes 2 hours. The 6-candidate race for the 64B state representative is last on the agenda. A 64B endorsement takes an hour to start, then ballot turnaround is at best a half hour. To get to one candidate from 6 candidates would likely take 4 ballots and could take 8 ballots. Any controversy adds an hour. My calculations show a need for 7 hours with the possibility of going 11 hours.
Add two more factors. The proposed rules prevent central committee endorsement. The last item on the agenda is the 64b endorsement. Any non-winning campaign now has the ability to slow down the convention to no endorsement.
So what options do we have?
1) Start at 9:30 AM on a Sunday, making some people angry about violating the standard Sunday sleep-in time or religious-service time. Current discussions have proposed 11:00 AM.
2) Negotiate with the school, paying all needed fees and penalties.
3) Get a different site.
4) Get rid of the central committee rule of no endorsement which would make the central committee elections the substitute for the actual endorsement race. A central committee endorsement also tends to make people angry.
5) Ramrod the schedule. Allow NO interruption speeches until voting pauses. Skip all 64B speeches and debate.Move 64b ahead of other business to allow business to happened during vote counting.Rushed conventions tend make people very angry because they are inherently unfair.
6) Plan to suspend the convention and have business finish at a second meeting.
7) Move 64b endorsement above state and county delegate selection and have that business go to a suspended second convention.
8) Use Ranked Choice Voting to get the top two candidates. Hopefully the convention could then get to the 60% endorsement vote in the second ballot.
A combination of solutions might be needed. The problem with fairness and people moving to lower choice candidates is that it takes time. Without time, this is going to upset people. Remember there is no ranked choice in this election. A no endorsement could give Republicans an opportunity. The DFL cannot afford no endorsement in this race.
Updated: As Dan so rightfully pointed, there is a DFL primary. However, I still think that a high primary cost with a low primary vote is not a good choice.