Open Primaries News

Some Good News from the Open Primaries Organization:

Wisconsin – “New group in Wisconsin launches campaign for top 4 open primaries & ranked choice voting: Democracy Found is working to bring legislation that would create top 4 open primaries with ranked choice voting in the general election. The initiative is being championed by business leader and reform advocate, Katherine Gehl,” co-author with Harvard Professor Michael Porter of the report, “Why-Competition-in-the-Politics Industry is Failing America.” This would be the first implementation of Top 4, which resolves issues that exist with Top 2.

Pennsylvania – “Capital Star newspaper reports: “… two party bosses used to oppose open primaries. Now, they’re all in…. Rooney [Democrat] and Novak [Republican] both told senators they probably would have opposed the proposal when they were party bosses… But now that they’re not in charge of collecting votes, they support it. Both men said Tuesday that open primaries would encourage more Pennsylvanians to vote and lead to more competitive elections….
a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, would allow independent voters to cast ballots for one party on a primary election day. Registered Republicans and Democrats would continue to vote for candidates in their own party…. Pennsylvania is now home to 786,000 registered independent voters, according to the Department of State.”

Missouri – “The House recently removed bill HR26 [which would have closed Missouri’s currently Open Primaries] from its calendar for further consideration…. ” We have participated in the discussion with Missouri friends.

Maine – “The Portland Press Herald recently endorsed bill LD 11 which would open primaries to all Maine voters: “The current system of closed primaries is left over from an earlier time, when political parties were stronger organizations that were responsive to a politically diverse group of voters. Unenrolled voters are only allowed to vote in a Maine primary if they pretend to join a party for three months. It’s a sham many voters find distasteful and a bureaucratic hurdle that effectively shuts out 40 percent of the electorate.”

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