I’m sure we all agree that “integrity of order” must be ensured. After all, it’s a matter of integrity. And order! Both vital qualities in a democracy.
But what is “integrity of order?”
My own first encounter with the phrase occurred today, in this story from the Des Moines Register. It seems that Colorado is considering moving up the date of its presidential caucuses, threatening the right, as embedded in our founding documents (detailed citations to follow), that the traditional first four caucus and primary states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Caroilina, Nevada) will always and forever be the first four.
Responding to the threat from Colorado, Iowa Republican Chair said” “The four sanctioned early states have been very clear that we’ll move together if necessary to ensure integrity of order as outlined in (Republican National Committee) rules.”