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Posted by Jesse Shayne on February 24, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Open Primaries President John Opdycke on Boston Herald Radio Morning Meeting

John Opdycke makes a strong case for Open Primaries during an interview on Boston Herald Radio. Listen to John take an emphatic stand for democracy, in what host Hillary Chabot called a "truly great radio" segment.

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commented 2017-03-23 00:38:35 -0400 · Flag
I live in WI where we have open primaries and same day registration. 2016 really woke me and millions of others up as to how politics are run/manipulated in this country. I have always voted in the primaries and just “assumed” that all the states had open primaries and so did most everyone I talked to in this state. Our Bad, we should be paying attention and now that we are, I am outraged at our system of “DeMOCKracy” Since our government is run by “Private Parties” the tax payers SHOULD NOT have to pay for their dog and pony shows. Thank you for all your work and efforts to help right these wrongs.
commented 2017-03-22 16:09:47 -0400 · Flag
great interview.
commented 2017-03-17 16:51:09 -0400 · Flag
The primaries are the first round of an election process. To exclude some of the American people from any primary (which they are paying for with their taxes) is undemocratic. Democrat and Republican are just labels. The people should be able to vote for the PERSON they want, regardless of what party the candidate is affiliated with. The party system when primaries are closed, is corrupting democracy because it is excluding people from voting.
commented 2017-03-17 09:57:12 -0400 · Flag
The best argument for this is when Ron Paul ran for president but was being shut out because he ran as the Independent Party and many could not vote for him without changing their party. But in the primary we had not choice to vote for him as he was not listed as a choice. This two party system is unfair. As many problems that exist in Europe there are many more parties and choices. In our last election Trump was forced to run as a Republican and the party even made him sign a pledge to do so – this is un-American. We desperately need a change.
commented 2017-03-12 16:30:42 -0400 · Flag
Open primaries actually does just the opposite of what they claim to want.

We do not need to prop up these two parties, and maintain the illusion that 2 parties which represent barely HALF of us COMBINED speak for ALL of us.

We do not need open primaries. We need MORE viable parties. And this effort is misguided and COUNTERproductive.