Open Primaries

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Who We Are

Open Primaries, Inc. is a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit organization.

The mission of Open Primaries is to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters, train and support spokespeople, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions. 

During the progressive era, partisan primary elections were enacted to curb the power of party bosses and bring voters into the process of selecting party nominees.  Today, 40% of voters do not wish to enroll in a political party, and closed primaries bar them from voting. 

Open Primaries believes that no American should be required to join a political party to exercise his or her right to vote.  Closed primaries also make it more difficult for new coalitions to form and for Americans--both voters and elected officials--to come together across ideological lines.  

Open Primaries' commitment is to public education and to leading legal, legislative and direct ballot initiative campaigns to enact and protect open primaries. 

Read the Press Release: New National Open Primaries Organization Launched

Campaign Spotlight

Oregon’s Ballot Measure 90

Ballot Measure 90, also known as the Oregon Open Primary Initiative, is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute. The measure, if approved, would create a Top Two system of general election voting where there is a single nonpartisan primary open to all voters, with the top two vote getters, regardless of party, moving forward to the general election. The Top Two system would apply to all local and state races, including all legislative races, 4 statewide offices (Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State), U.S. Senate and Congressional elections, and county elections.

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Activist Spotlight

Professor Chuck Young

CYoung-Photo.jpgChuck Young, a professor of history and political science at Umpqua Community College and founding member of Independent Voters of Oregon, recently wrote an op-ed  in Roseburg’s daily paper, the News-Review, outlining the reasons for his support of ballot measure 90. Young believes measure 90 would provide “a governing system that compromises as needed, that respects the good, problem-solving intentions of those Americans serving on both sides of the aisle, and that never forgets that the bottom line is to serve the people in this government of the people rather than a government of the party.”

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