“Veterans are also more likely to vote as independents. According to Pew Research, 49% of U.S. military veterans preferred not to register with a political party and vote as independents.”
“I believe every Pennsylvanian deserves the right to participate fully in our democratic process. If we all shoulder the $50 million cost of holding elections, we all ought to be able to participate. Otherwise, independent voters are paying for a party they’re not invited to, which sounds an awful lot like taxation without representation.”
Research by Open Primaries, an organization advocating that states adopt open primaries where voters do not have to register with a political party to vote in that party’s primary, has shown that unaffiliated or independent voter registration has skyrocketed across the country.
There are more Arizona voters registered with no political party than with either of the two major parties, but primary elections in the Grand Canyon State continue to operate under a two-party system — but a newly launched campaign aiming for a spot on the 2024 ballot seeks to change that.
RSVP: Our next virtual discussion is coming up on 9/21 at 2pm ET: California’s Top Two Primary-A Successful Reform featuring Dr. Richard Barton. Come find out how CA’s primary system has led to decreased polarization, improved voter participation, and increased electoral competition!
BREAKING: Independent voters are now the LARGEST bloc of voters in Arizona. More & more Arizonans are opting out of partisan politics–maybe it’s time our election process reflected that shift!
BREAKING: A proposed law in Wyoming will require voters to affiliate with a party before candidates have even filed to run. This new law excludes voters and furthers inequities in the voting process.
The bad news keeps coming for partisan insiders as support gains to adopt a top 4 nonpartisan open primary.
Check out some highlights from July’s Oklahoma United ‘s Town Hall discussing the on-going campaign to open OK’s primary system to ALL voters.
The entire cast of the fantastic film #theyoungvote including Students for OP co-founders Dariel Cruz Rodriguez & Elena Ashburn, OP Senior VP Jeremy Gruber along with the amazing director Diane Robinson gathered for screenings and discussion in Las Vegas & Reno.
BREAKING: Idahoans for Open Primaries kicks off its signature drive for an open primaries ballot initiative!
REMINDER: For the first time–ALL voters will be able to participate in the Maine 2024 primaries. 300,000 Mainers finally have an opportunity to cast a vote in the all-important first round of voting!
IntPolictDigest:By and large, independent voters are just healthier
SOME GOOD NEWS: The Republican party in Arkansas has dropped their pursuit of closing the primaries for 2024! Arkansas’ primaries will remain OPEN!
Florida Phoenix:No-party-affiliation voters look to find their place in Florida politics:
Watch: OK United hosted a PACKED Town Hall in Oklahoma City last month to discuss Oklahoma’s current closed primary election system & why opening the primaries to all eligible registered voters could increase voter participation, reduce extremism among our elected officials & more!
BREAKING: The Idaho Supreme Court rules IN FAVOR of Idahoans for Open Primaries and orders the ID Attorney General to revise ballot initiative titles, citing the one’s previously given were “prejudicial against the initiative”!
Washington Post: The DC Democratic Party is suing to block an open primary/RCV initiative from moving forward.
You can’t be the party against voter suppression while you’re actively suppressing voters.
BREAKING:Nonpartisans now make up the largest group of Nevada voters!
Colorado Politics: Colorado Republicans reject bylaws change that would have made it easier to cancel the 2024 primary. Some GOP leaders are still pursuing litigation to close Colorado’s current open primary system despite pushback from many of their own party members.
Orlando Sentinel: Election fraud is alive and well in Florida
STL Today: Why more states must eliminate partisan primaries
FOX NEWS: Gen Z frustrated with a political system that is not working–why 52% of young voters are politically independent
BREAKING: People 4 Utah have introduced a new ballot initiative in Utah to get rid of closed partisan primaries!
GOVERNING.COM: Nonpartisan Election Administration Is the Norm in Other Democracies. Why Not Here?
Bangor Daily News: Maine’s primary elections need further reform to be truly open. Read OP Senior VP Jeremy Gruber & Joe Pickering Jr. new op-ed.
Cleveland.com: Two bills have been introduced in Ohio to close primaries & shut out voters. Primary elections are where the real choices and opportunities are for voters.
BREAKING: DC election board unanimously ruled that a proposed initiative that would ask residents if RCV & open primaries should be adopted in city elections can be placed on the ballot.
COLORADO: The Colorado GOP want to move from open primaries to a closed partisan caucus–CO voters passed open primaries in 2016 & it led to 8X more voters participating–this is a move to make it easier for the GOP to get more extreme candidates into the general election and shut out the voters.
The Oklahoman: Great write-up on many of the reasons OK Untied is working to change Oklahoma’s primary system to put all voters on an equal playing field.
BREAKING: Florida Open Primaries new campaign to close Florida’s write-in loophole gets great media coverage.
OPINION: PA’s Closed Primary election system leaving voters with lousy options:
TAKE ACTION: Floridians passed open primaries in ’98. But partisan insiders found a way to close primaries w/ a write-in loophole. It’s a fraud that’s locked out millions Florida Open Primaries is launching a campaign to fix it–if you’re in FL, contact your legislator TODAY
Penn Capital Star: OP Senior VP Jeremy Gruber testified before the PA House Committee in a hearing on whether or not PA should change its closed primary system.
BREAKING: The CO GOP is trying to close Colorado’s primaries–the voters of CO voted to open the primaries in 2016 & 2020’s presidential primaries had 8X more voters participate than the previous cycle as a result.
The Bradenton Times: Florida has a partially open primary system, but both parties have colluded to close it and shut out Democrat, Republican and independent voters in process. It’s time to close the write-in loophole.
BREAKING: Idaho Open Primaries is moving forward with their ballot initiative to end Idaho’s closed primary system!
BREAKING: Michigan GOP plans to shift from open presidential primaries to closed caucuses for the 2024 presidential primary elections. This is a direct move to cut voters out of the voting process and make sure party leaders have more of a say in our elections than Michigan voters do.
BREAKING: New report from Unite America finds California’s top-two primary changed the game for better elections!
ICYMI: Watch our FULL discussion w/ American Promise Co-Founder Jeff Clements: Taking on “Political Bribery” in the Wake of CItizens United
IVN: Is New Mexico ready to end closed primaries?
BREAKING: New ballot initiative has been launched to open Washington DC’s primaries to ALL voters!
ICYMI: Take an inside look at the campaign to repeal Pennsylvania’s closed primaries. Watch our full virtual discussion featuring Ballot PA
BREAKING: A new ballot initiative proposes bringing open primaries & ranked choice voting to D.C.
BREAKING: The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that will allow independent voters to disaffiliate after primary–if the Senate also approves, 46% of NH voters will no longer be forced into registering into a party just to vote in primaries.
More great press for South Dakota Open Primaries in their push to get an open primaries initiative on the 2024 South Dakota ballot!
The Fulcrum: A new report from McKinley Research Group finds that Alaskans are generally satisfied with their new nonpartisan voting system & a majority feel like their choices are better in the general election & that their vote matters more.