Michael Jamieson at Open Primaries
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  • commented on Our Day in Court 2016-12-22 22:53:09 -0500 · Flag
    Unfortunately the judge is right. Each party is a closed members-only group of private citizens and, as long as they don’t discriminate against protected groups, the constitution is on their side. This is why I think what we need is an amendment to the constitution that establishes a single open national primary. The private-citizen political parties can continue to have their primaries (and pay for them themselves) to determine who their representative for the national primary will be, but the only one that would count would be the national primary. The amendment wouldn’t need to (but could) end the electoral college, because it only affects the primaries. This would also end the distortion to the electoral college brought on by having more than two candidates on most state’s ballots for president. There could only be two candidates left standing, ensuring that one or the other would get enough nominal or electoral college votes to win.
  • commented on Open Non-Partisan Primary Proposal Makes Ballot as Amendment V 2016-09-29 17:09:50 -0400 · Flag
    So I totally think this is a good idea except for two small things. It should not restrict the parties from holding their own partisan primaries (that they pay for themselves) because they have freedom of speech and freedom to organize. Also, in the non-partisan primary, the candidates should be allowed to post their affiliations; same rationale. This would alleviate the fears of the major parties and remove any possibility of a legal challenge to the amendment.
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    If we could take this across the country we could get rid of zero-sum uncompromising partisanship in Congress and the White House and actually move our country forward in an enfranchising sort of way.