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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

Over 650,000 registered voters in Oregon are shut of voting in primary elections. That means that over 31% of all voters in the state don’t have a say in which candidates will advance to the general election.

You can do something about that. By voting YES on Ballot Measure 90 you can give everyone a say.

Replacing party primaries with open primaries will allow voters to make decisions based on a candidate’s merit and ideas, rather than their party affiliation.

Click the videos above to watch our ads in support of Measure 90.

Please vote YES on Measure 90. Use your vote to give everyone the right to vote.

 

Get involved in the campaign:

On November 4th, Oregonians will be voting on Ballot Measure 90. We need to reach voters to approve this measure, and provide Oregon with a powerful opportunity to let everyone’s voice be heard. Here’s how you can help:

  • Send emails to people you know – we need you to show your support! Forward our Measure 90 campaign videos and upcoming articles to your friends and family to help spread the word. 
  • If you’d like to participate in the campaign by putting up a lawn sign, volunteering to go door to door, handing out information, etc., send us an email at info@openprimaries.org with your contact information and a campaign activist will be in touch!

Click here for more information about Measure 90 and Open Primaries’ campaign in Oregon. 


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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