Posted by Jesse Shayne on August 01, 2016 at 3:01 PM
Thousands of American voters sign petition in favor of open presidential primaries
Following a contentious presidential primary cycle in which open primaries became a mainstream political issue -- with 70% of Americans favoring the cause -- we launched a national petition calling on the Republican Party and the Democratic Party to open the presidential primaries in all 50 states, starting in 2020.
Over 40,000 voters from all 50 states signed the petition and we submitted a resolution to a vote at the DNC Rules Committee meeting. Although the resolution did not pass, it was historic in that it was the first time that either major party ever considered such a measure, and it forced the DNC to establish a commission to study and develop the issue.