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Faces of Open Primaries: DNC Rules Committee

Posted by jesse shayne on July 27, 2016 at 12:09 PM

“It was an honor to stand up for the 26.3 million registered voters who couldn’t vote in this presidential election. Too many were shut out, but they’ve learned how important the process is and they are paying attention. We need to throw open the doors and really be the party of the big tent; because if we shut people out we risk losing them forever.”

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An important message from former presidential candidate Lenora Fulani

Posted by jesse shayne on July 20, 2016 at 3:22 PM

The Democratic and Republican Parties will soon gather in conventions to formally select their presidential nominees. They will also fight over the rules for their future nominating process. While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the presumed nominees, we shouldn’t presume anything when it comes to the rules.

At the upcoming party conventions, the rules committees and convention delegates could give every American, regardless of whether they are registered to vote in a party or not, the right to vote in the presidential primaries in 2020. Don’t forget, the taxpayers pay for these primaries, yet the parties currently exclude voters at will. Every American revolutionary believes in the principle of “no taxation without representation,” and we need to enforce that principle today.

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What Happened in Cleveland and Where We Go From Here

Posted by jesse shayne on July 15, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Yesterday afternoon, Open Primaries’ Al Benninghoff delivered 33,000 signatures to the Republican Rules Committee meeting urging the party to support open primaries in 2020.

He was denied entry to the meeting but got the petition to the right people. Meanwhile, delegates associated with Ted Cruz made their case for incentivizing states that conduct closed primaries in 2020. Ultimately, the Rules Committee made a recommendation to the delegates that they not make changes to the current rules. All the organizing we’ve done to project the voice of the 70% of Americans who favor open primaries certainly had an impact.

Next stop, Philadelphia, where we will deliver our petition to the Democratic Party Rules Committee. We know that hundreds of delegates support open primaries. We know that Bernie Sanders has made it a point of negotiation with the DNC and the Clinton team. And we have activists on the ground in every state working to amplify our cause.

Here’s the challenge: We walked into the Rules Committee meeting in Cleveland with 33,000 signatures. We’d like us to walk into the Rules Committee meeting in Philadelphia with 100,000 signatures.

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Faces of Open Primaries: Jim, US Navy

Posted by jesse shayne on July 05, 2016 at 1:00 PM

"How can we say we still live in a democracy when 3 million of our citizens were unable to participate in the New York primaries alone? 

How is it fair that these folks' hard-earned tax dollars went to pay for the primaries, and yet they didn't get to cast a ballot? That's taxation without representation! It's undemocratic, and it goes against the founding principles of our country; principles that I signed up to defend."

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Update On Our Petition Campaign

Posted by jesse shayne on June 30, 2016 at 5:59 PM

For the past month, we have been staging a petition calling on the rules committees of the parties to amend the primary rules at their respective conventions next month, and adopt open primaries for all future presidential races. With just two weeks to go until the Republican Convention begins, our priority is to secure as many signatures as possible. Over 30,000 Americans, who are tired of their tax dollars funding elections in which they cannot participate, have already signed, and we are trying to reach 100,000 signatures before July 18th.

The level of support for this campaign -- and our broader movement in general -- continues to surpass our wildest expectations. Our dedicated volunteers have poured hundreds of hours into this moment. People from all walks of life -- all across the country and from every political faction imaginable -- have heard our call to arms to restore our democracy by placing the power back in the hands of the voters, and not the parties.

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Faces of Open Primaries: Detroit, MI

Posted by jesse shayne on June 29, 2016 at 12:38 PM

"Our primaries have been a blow to the American people. Voter purges, six month deadlines, and registration changes. What is fair about any of this? We have a right to choose whom we prefer and it shouldn’t come down to arcane rules that no one is aware of.

"I’m disillusioned by the whole process. The people’s agenda is not a priority anymore. We are run by the 1% and crony capitalists. We don’t’ care for the most vulnerable in our society. We are the richest country with the worst child poverty rates and more black people in jail than we ever had in slavery. We have water systems poisoning whole towns and yet we allow billionaires to get away with paying no taxes. It’s a disgrace."

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Faces of Open Primaries: New York, NY

Posted by jesse shayne on June 21, 2016 at 2:02 PM

"Our primaries have been a blow to the American people. Voter purges, six month deadlines, and registration changes. What is fair about any of this? We have a right to choose whom we prefer and it shouldn’t come down to arcane rules that no one is aware of."

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Faces of Open Primaries: Diane -- Silver Spring, MD

Posted by jesse shayne on June 14, 2016 at 5:14 PM

I've resisted the urge to fall into despair when thinking about the extent to which our democracy is compromised. It has not been easy, but I am determined to do my part to chip away at the systemic problems, one by one. I have found the call for Open Primaries to be a relatively easy place to start.

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Faces of Open Primaries: Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by jesse shayne on June 08, 2016 at 12:51 PM

We have treated politics as a sporting event—behaving as if we are cheering for our favorite team instead of asking why we even have a situation where only one of two parties can be elected.  

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Faces of Open Primaries: Wilmington, NC

Posted by Adriana Espinoza on May 14, 2016 at 12:54 PM

FacesofOP_Wilmington.jpgI live in North Carolina in a closed primary state. In no way should an individual be forced to choose either party—Democrat or Republican in order to participate in an election. I was a registered independent for years until Bernie Sanders came along and was forced to register as a Democrat to support him. 

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