Mission - Open Primaries
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Our Mission

No American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote.

Open Primaries is a movement of diverse Americans who believe in a simple, yet radical idea: no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote.

The mission of Open Primaries is to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters and policymakers, advance litigation, train spokespeople, conduct and support research, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions. We provide information to the public about open and nonpartisan primaries. We engage all sectors—voters, policy makers, good government and civic organizations, business leaders, community activists—to educate, build bridges and develop the primary reform movement.

Closed primaries are a fetter. They produce elected officials more accountable to their party than to their constituents. They restrict participation and reinforce division. They exclude independent voters, the largest and fastest growing sector of the electorate. And closed primaries make it more difficult for the American people—voters and elected officials alike—to come together across ideological lines.

We accomplish our mission through two entities:

  • Open Primaries Advocacy is a 501c4 organization that advances efforts to enact and protect open primaries through legislation, ballot referendums, voter mobilization, and direct advocacy campaigns.
  • Open Primaries Education Fund is a 501c3 organization that conducts research, advances litigation, and educates the public and policymakers on the benefits of electoral reform.