Posted by Jesse Shayne on June 14, 2016 at 5:14 PM
Faces of Open Primaries: Diane -- Silver Spring, MD
I've resisted the urge to fall into despair when thinking about the extent to which our democracy is compromised. It has not been easy, but I am determined to do my part to chip away away at the systemic problems, one by one. I have found the call for Open Primaries to be a relatively easy place to start.
Occasionally, I will ask for a signature from a person who opposes the idea, but I resist the temptation to get into debate and move on. It's not my job to obtain agreement, just signatures, from those who recognize the severity of this problem. This is a non-partisan effort and we intend to persuade the rules committees at the conventions of both parties, to change their rules and enfranchise independent voters.
The way I see it, the real test will come when Open Primaries brings our signed petition to the rules committees asking for the changes. I am not convinced the parties have the best interest of this nation at heart. However, the more signatures we have, the greater the voice and the bigger outcry if they refuse to hear us out.
We want to hear from you. Tell us why your state needs Open Primaries or how closed primaries impacts you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.