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Effort to Close Virginia’s Primary Elections Soundly Defeated

Posted on February 07, 2017 at 2:56 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – February 7, 2017 – – Open Primaries, a national organization dedicated to protecting and expanding voter choice in our primary elections, applauds Virginian voters who stood up and fought back against legislative efforts by State Senators Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) and John Cosgrove (R- Chesapeake) to enact closed partisan primaries in Virginia.

This is the second time in the last 12 months that political insiders have attempted and failed to curtail voter freedom in Virginia.

Senators Obershain and Cosgrove had introduced two bills -- SB 902 & SB 821 -- that would have required Virginians to join a political party upon registering to vote (Virginia currently has nonpartisan voter registration) and would have allowed the parties to close their primaries;, effectively shutting out millions of independent Virginia voters and restricting the choices of millions more.

Open Primaries, joined forces with VIVA—the Virginia Independent Voter Association— to mobilize broad public support against the legislation via radio commercials, social media, and direct voter outreach. Over the past month, thousands of letters and phone calls from Virginians across the state poured into Senators’ offices with strong statements of “keep Virginia primaries open to all!” In response to public pressure, Senator Obenshain pulled his bill from a vote in Committee and Senator Cosgrove’s bill was defeated on the Senate floor by a bipartisan vote of 29-11.

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New York State Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Lawsuit Deeming State’s Closed Primaries and Voter Eligibility Regulations Unconstitutional

Posted on December 06, 2016 at 12:56 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

In response to the public demand for primary reform and after facing disenfranchisement himself in the 2016 presidential primaries, Manhattan attorney Mark Moody brings a lawsuit on behalf of 3.2 million New Yorkers who were shut out of this year’s Presidential Primary against the New York State and New York City Board of Elections. The lawsuit seeks to toss out the state's current voter eligibility regulations for primaries, which are among the most restrictive in the nation.

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New York Voters Petition Senator Bernie Sanders to Support Landmark Lawsuit Challenging Legality of New York’s Closed Primary Election System

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 3:17 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – November 21, 2016 – Open Primaries, a non-profit electoral reform organization, today sent a petition signed by 3,407 voters to Senator Bernie Sanders requesting his attendance at a hearing before the New York State Supreme Court challenging the legality of New York's closed primary system.

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Let Colorado Vote passes two primary reform initiatives; Vote Yes on V comes close to upending the establishment in South Dakota.

Posted on November 09, 2016 at 1:10 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – November 9, 2016 – – Open Primaries applauds the voters of Colorado and South Dakota for the strong statement they made in support of voter empowerment.

Coloradans voted to open their primary elections to give the 1.3 million voters who identify as independents, 37% of registered voters in Colorado, a voice. South Dakotans surpassed all expectations and came within less than 40,000 votes of passing a ballot measure that would completely “de-partisanize” the state’s primary system.

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Research Finds New Yorkers Have Already Spent over 25 Million Dollars on Closed Primaries This Year

Posted on September 08, 2016 at 9:42 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – September 8, 2016 – This year’s primaries have already cost New York taxpayers over $25 million dollars according to an analysis by election reform group Open Primaries. Indeed, the gross lack of transparency by New York officials on the costs of primary elections likely makes the true cost of New York’s primaries much higher. While 3.2 million voters in the state of New York– 27 percent of the electorate-- will be blocked from voting in next week’s primary election, millions more of their tax dollars will continue to fund closed primaries.

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Research Finds Floridians Have Already Spent over 13 Million Dollars on Closed Primaries This Year

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 10:10 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – August 29, 2016 – New York, NY – August 29, 2016 – This year’s presidential primaries cost Florida taxpayers at least $13,280,871 according to an analysis by election reform group Open Primaries. Indeed, the gross lack of transparency by Florida officials on the costs of primary elections likely makes the true cost of Florida’s primaries much higher. While 3.2 million voters in the state of Florida– well over a quarter of registered voters in the state -- will be blocked from voting in tomorrow’s primary election, millions more of their tax dollars will fund tomorrow’s closed primaries.

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Statement from Open Primaries on Federal Appeals Court Decision Upholding Hawaii’s Open Primary

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – August 16, 2016 – "Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to support the way the people of Hawaii hold their primary elections, rejecting the Democratic Party's desire to exclude independent and unaffiliated voters for voting in elections they pay for.

We commend the Court’s decision to stand with people of Hawaii against the Democratic Party’s attempts to disenfranchise them. The primaries are funded by the taxpayers and administered by government agencies. Every Hawaiian should be able to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice, whether they are registered in a party or not. The state of Hawaii alone spent over $1.5 million taxpayer dollars on the presidential primary this year.

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Rule to Open the Primaries to be Introduced at Democratic Rules Committee Meeting

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 3:15 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – July 21, 2016 – Members of the Democratic National Convention Standing Committee on Rules are planning on proposing an amendment to the Charter of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday in Philadelphia to open up the primaries across the country. To support their cause they plan on hand delivering Open Primaries petition which asks the Republican and Democratic Parties to “take such steps as are necessary to adopt rules that require all state party organizations to conduct open Presidential Primaries.” Close to 40,000 Americans, representing all 50 states, have signed the petition and Open Primaries activists and Convention delegates will be in Philadelphia to support this critical electoral reform.

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Republican Rules Committee Attempted Deal at Odds with Public Opinion on Open Primaries

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 2:32 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – July 14, 2016 – Today Open Primaries, a non-profit electoral reform organization, condemned Republican Rules Committee attempts to close future Republican primaries.

70% of Americans want open primaries. 62% of Republicans want open primaries. But the Republican Party leadership is willing to "make a deal" to close primaries because a small minority of party activists favor them. No wonder 43% of Americans now identify as independents. The political parties, time and time again, ignore the voters in favor of insider and special interests.

The time has come to take these decisions out of the hands of the parties. The primaries are funded by the taxpayers. The people should decide who gets to vote, not party leaders. I'm confident that if the American people got to decide who could vote in primaries, that all fifty states would conduct contests open to every registered voter,” declared John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries.

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Republican Rules Committee Meeting on Collision Course with Public Opinion on Open Primaries

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – July 12, 2016 – Open Primaries, which exploded into voters’ consciousness this spring as a direct result of a deeply flawed presidential primary season, will deliver a petition with well over 30,000 signatures representing Americans in all 50 states to the Republican Party Rules Committee this Thursday in Cleveland. The petitions asks the Republican and Democratic Parties to “take such steps as are necessary to adopt rules that require all state party organizations to conduct open Presidential Primaries.”

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