Posted on May 31, 2016 at 4:19 PM
Senior Vice President
Open Primaries Applauds AP-NORC Poll for Highlighting Voters’ Frustration with “Rigged” Primary System
New York – May 31, 2016 – Open Primaries, a national political reform organization, today released this statement on behalf of John Opdycke, president of Open Primaries, praising the Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs for its work to uncover American voters’ lack of confidence in the electoral system and support for including all voters in the primary process.
“The AP-NORC poll captures on a national level the dissatisfaction with the status quo and broad support for structural political reform. 70% of all Americans support open primaries - including a majority of registered Republicans and Democrats. These results are a rallying cry for American voters to band together and demand a change to the primary system.
Voters of all affiliations have been frustrated by the primary system this year – especially independents who are often shut out of the process and yet foot the bill for the parties’ private primaries. But party insiders have been resistant to change. Both Reince Priebus and Debbie Wasserman Schultz have stated unequivocally that they favor closed primary systems. For voters wanting to change the system, we are offering a vehicle to communicate this to the parties through our petition calling on both Democratic and Republican convention rules committees to amend party rules and open the Presidential Primaries to the 26.3 million independent voters as well as the millions of registered Democrats and Republicans who were prevented from voting for the candidate of their choice during this election season.
The Parties could pass rules at the July conventions allowing all voters to participate in the Presidential Primaries in 2020 whether they are registered to vote in a party or not. An open system is better for our country, our people, and our elected officials, and we hope the parties do the right thing; follow the lead of the American people, and conduct open contests in all 50 states in 2020.”
-John Opdycke, President, Open Primaries