Open Primaries

Why America Needs Nonpartisan Elections



The American people are fed up with partisan politics. In a recent Gallup poll Americans named dissatisfaction with government as the number one problem facing our country today. To change the way our elected officials work for the American people, we must change how they are elected. We need to start with the first round of voting, the primaries.

The fight for nonpartisanship

September 26, 2016

Open Primaries in the News

A better way to elect public servants

September 20, 2016

Open Primaries in the News

COLORADO PRIMARY REFORM: THE FIX IS IN

Open Our Democracy Act

U.S. Maryland Congressman John Delaney’s Open Our Democracy Act would implement Top Two primaries for all congressional races, declare election day a national holiday and establish a committee to investigate the feasibility of redistricting reform.

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Open Primaries has partnered with Congressman Delaney to pass the Open Our Democracy Act.

  • 86% of Americans believe the government is broken
  • 43% of Americans, including 50% of Millennials, identify as politically independent
  • 70% of Americans support open primaries
  • Primaries are conducted with taxpayer money. The closed presidential primaries in 2016 cost taxpayers a quarter billion dollars, yet left out 26.3 million voters

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What's Happening Around the Country


  • Michigan State Representative Martin Howrylak has introduced a bill to move Michigan to a nonpartisan election system and unicameral legislature.
  • Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) introduced the Open Our Democracy Act, which calls for the use of nonpartisan primaries for all congressional races in the country.
  • South Dakotans for a Nonpartisan Democracy Submitted over 39,000 Signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State to place an initiative for nonpartisan elections on the 2016 ballot.
  • We are running a campaign to ask the Arizona Democratic and Republican parties to open their 2016 presidential primaries.